WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Commerce announced $2.7 million in grants Thursday to help Arkansas rebuild infrastructure damaged by storms last year.
The Economic Development Administration grants included $2 million to repair a currently inoperable railroad line that runs between Lake Village in southeastern Arkansas and Lake Providence, 40 miles south in Louisiana.
The Southeast Arkansas Economic Development District in Pine Bluff is managing the grant.
A second $751,000 grant will help improve the water treatment plant in Perryville that was unable to service the city during severe flooding last year.
"While Pine Bluff and Perryville have taken steps to recover, these EDA grants will help these communities complete critical infrastructure projects they need to attract economic development and boost local job creation," said Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark.