Clare County Starts $11M Little Tobacco River Drain Project

Clare County has started its $11 million project to repair the Little Tobacco River Drain to allow more water to flow through.

The Clare County Drain Commissioner Carl Parks says flooding has been an issue along the Little Tobacco River Drain for years, specifically in downtown Clare.

Clare County plans to replace the six bridges that cross over the river, as well as demolish seven houses that are in the flood zone.

“As of this year right now, just doing the clearing of the drain made a big, big difference. This is the first year that we have not actually had a flood. So, i’m real happy with that,” says Parks.

Parks says the county received a $2 million federal grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help with the cost. The rest of the costs will be paid for by Clare County, Grant Township, the City of Clare and a portion of Isabella County.

Parks says he hopes to have the project complete by the end of this year.