River Valley Families Prepare for More Rain, Expected Flooding

River Valley News

FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFTA) — Expected rainfall is making its way to the river valley on Tuesday, which could force people out of their homes.

Many people are preparing for all the unknowns.

“That’s what I’ve been doing for the last three or four days. I’ve been busy, busy, and hardly get no rest,” says Harold Hunter, a Fort Smith resident.

He’s preparing for the worst as historic flooding from the Arkansas River continues to rise.

“I’ve got about two more feet that the water can come up before going in the house. I’m hoping and praying that it don’t, that it slows down. After tonight, we’ll find out,” Hunter said. “We’ve been putting a lot of sandbags around it.”

It’s the first flood Hunter has seen in his 39 years living in Fort Smith. “The backyard is basically all under water, no doubt about it,” he said. “After it got to around 37.5 feet, it started coming over the bank into the yard.”

Sebastian and Crawford counties are preparing for potential flash flooding.

“I can reassure the public that we have been working together, and it has been very impressive looking at it from my perspective just to see the great men and women we have who are committed to keeping this community safe,” says Van Buren Mayor Joe Hurst.

Hunter is looking to a higher power so that this water doesn’t force him out.

“I’m going to pray to the good man up above to Jesus Christ that he will help me out,” he said.

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