In Washington County, 10 roads were impacted by Thursday’s flash floods. Matt Weir, a member of the county’s road department, worked to fix several and move equipment well into Friday, and he’s noticed an alarming trend in Northwest Arkansas.
“In 14 years, this has been one of [those] years,” Weir said. “It’s some rough stuff.”
When it started raining Thursday around 4 p.m., flash flood warnings appeared throughout the area. Pretty soon, it was evident that the roads were in danger, and county officials made the decision to act quickly, said Jeff Crowder, the county’s assistant road superintendent.
“We had crews running all night,” Crowder said. “We started around when the rain started yesterday afternoon, and we’ve been here ever since.”
The bridge on Malico Mountain Road was washed out on one of its sides, which caused a driving hazard for those living in that area of West Fork. Crews fixed it by Friday afternoon, and Weir came to retrieve the digger used during the temporary rebuilding process.
“We just haul equipment where they need it, wherever they tell us they need it, we take it to them,” Weir said. “[Flooding] eats a lot of places out, leaves a lot of debris up top…it does some damage.”
With temporary fixes, the roads will be stable for drivers until decisions are made on how to properly rebuild. That process could take a while, Weir said.