Last of the Flood Water Finally Leaves Jefferson County Neighborhood

JEFFERSON COUNTY, AR – The last of the flood water has finally left certain neighborhoods in Jefferson County. Flooding last month impacted about 180 homes with 70 suffering major damage.

Until Thursday (6/25) many people have spent the entire time without power.

From the outside it may not look like the effects of a natural disaster but if you go inside the homes in Island Harbor it’s clear how much damage the flooding caused.

Dallas Johnson had to cut out sections of sheetrock and insulation around his entire house and says about 75 percent of everything he owned has been or will be thrown out.

He only had a few belonging and several mattresses that were salvaged. Despite the devastation he’s keeping an upbeat attitude.

“If you dwell on what you got left instead of what you got left to work with… [I] still got a place to live,” he remarked. “Eventually I’ll get it all fixed up again.”

The last bit of flood water finally drained out of his neighborhood overnight Wednesday into Thursday but the effects will last much longer.

“All your hard work’s gone,” Brenda Law added. “Gotta start all over again.”

Several inches of flood water creeped into the lower level of Brenda’s house. Her family’s trying to see what they can do to raise the floor level of the home so this doesn’t happen again.

Brenda like Dallas though, doesn’t have flood insurance. They’ve depended on help from family and others like the local Church of Christ and are waiting for any word on government aid.

According to the Jefferson County Office of Emergency Management the flooding also caused about $284,000 worth of damage to public facilities within the county.

They are still evaluating damage but say they have sent a request for aid to the State which has in turn been sent to the federal government but have not received anything back.

Meanwhile, flooding victims like the ones we spoke to have only have what’s left of their homes and a positive attitude.

When asked what he’ll do faced with so much damage to repair and belongings to replace, Johnson said, “Just start over. Already got started. We’re ready to go back to work and put it back in there.”

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