Flood victims keep a positive attitude despite ransacking of personal belongings


Flood victims dealing with enough damage are being victimized again by looters — but even with the heartbreak, Fort Smith residents are coping beyond the struggles of the natural disaster. 

“We are out here in a battle to save our home,” Fort Smith resident, Judy Akins, said. 

Akins lives on the edge of the flood, and her home is surrounded by water. 

“Thankfully the water hasn’t gotten into our house yet,” she said. 

But as if evacuating from her home wasn’t bad enough, she got even worse news. 

“Someone got into his truck, drilled out the ignition, hot-wired his truck, pulled the truck forward and pilfered through everything and took what they wanted in that trailer,” she said.

The looters took a number of boxes, including a chair Akins has held close to her for decades. 

“When we move back in is when are going to figure out what all is missing, and it’s probably stuff that is only important to me,” she said. 

But throughout it all, she has been able to remain positive with the help of the community. 

“I just can’t say enough nice things about what everyone’s done to help,” she said. 

As well as a higher power. 

“I believe that God is in control of this situation, and he’s going to take care of us,” she said. 

Akins said she has felt support from the entire community, including a restaurant which refused to take her money after an employee overheard her talk about the flood damage to her home. 

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