River Valley families rebuilding their homes and lives

River Valley News

In Fort Smith clean up crews fill the streets where water once flooded homes and made them unlivable. 

“We’ve seen a major disaster,” said Drywall Crews Inc., A.J. Brock, “people losing their homes, their furniture, having to relocate, it’s a sad situation, but we’re here to help.”

Homes in Canterbury Cove have to be gutted before being rebuilt.

ServiceMaster Restore Mike Haney said they worked on floors first, “we had to yank up all the flooring materials, do four-foot flood cuts on the walls [and] yank out the wet insulation.” 

Haney said six or seven houses on a particular street he’s working on have been heavily damaged and some are worse than others. 

“One family room had about a foot and a half of water … was entirely affected … the whole lower level, said Haney.

Families lives are still on the walls, from children’s art to a cross hanging in the kitchen.

Haney said, “the man [who] lives here is in pretty good spirits about it, but a lot of them this is really tough for.”

Flood waters rushed in and out affecting families in more ways than one will ever know.

“It is emotional distress for the homeowner, and we’re here to comfort her and her husband to make sure their house gets restored correctly, said Brock,

For Brock the River Valley is all about community, and he said he’s ready when he gets the call for help. 

“We plan on taking on more clients as soon as possible. We’re ready to go. We have teams ready to go,” he said.
 
 

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