Arkansas River flooding makes it hard for businesses to stay afloat

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With all the flooding from the Arkansas River, businesses are seeing a decrease in customers. 

City leaders made a call out to everyone in the community to help keep local businesses afloat in a meeting on Friday, May 31. 

The President of the Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce said that he wants people around the area to know that despite all the flooding, the community needs to try to stabilize the downtown economy. 

Stan Ramsey, who owns the Artistic Bean in downtown Fort Smith, said he has definitely seen a decrease in business since the flooding started Tuesday (May 28), and is nervous for the weeks ahead with all the projected rain. 

“It has slowed us down a little, and I think it just affected everyone down here,” Ramsey said. 

The coffee shop is not the only business downtown taking a hard hit with all the flooding. 
Tim Allen, Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce, President 
“I would like to encourage everyone in the community since all of this has happened — the downtown businesses really need your business,” Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce President Tim Allen said. 

Ramsey said from the bridge and up all businesses are open and are here for the community. 

He said the community is all in this together and encourages everyone to come downtown and give their support. 
 

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