In the River Valley, Wednesday night (May 22) flooding made the Arkansas River rise to historic heights with the National Weather Service projecting it to reach 42 feet.
”The county judge has declared an emergency,” said Fort Smith city administrator, Carl Geffken.
“We are evacuating, moving our possessions out to higher ground,” said homeowner, Marcus Bobo.
Any low areas close to the river may be affected by the high water, including Bobo’s house. He said he’s lost count of how many times his home has been flooded — but the water hasn’t come up high enough to be an issue until now.
“The flooding’s going to flood the bottom half of our house,” Bobo said.
Luckily for Bobo and his wife, family and church members are helping them move. Neighbors helping neighbors is a common theme in the area, as a branch of the Arkansas Air National Guard helped make sandbags for people in the community.
“Whoever needs help is going to get it,” said Dustin Pittman, commander of the 184th Attack Squadron. “So if a member needs help, we’re going to continue to load sandbags, and we’re going to take it to wherever it’s needed.”
Volunteers from the northwest Arkansas branches of the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army are on standby to help people in the River Valley.