Many South Arkansas counties are preparing for possible flooding. Little River County Judge Mike Cranford has been keeping a close eye on the radar.
Cranford said, “Ashdown’s a low-lying area, it’s a lot of flat land and when the water gets to a certain height it spreads out quickly.” Cranford adds that crews are on alert and sandbags are ready to be filled at the county’s road department if there’s a need. “In the Little River Basin, there’s quite a few people in certain areas and then the Red River Basin, it’s more sparse but then, that’s more where the agriculture land is. So, it can be just as detrimental there with the flooding in the Red River bottoms because of the crops and the animals.”
In Sevier County, crews are using heavy equipment in hopes of minimizing flooding in neighborhoods. De Queen Street Department supervisor Kevin Frachiseur said, “Every time it rains we usually run out here and try to make this ditch wider and we’ve went upstream quite a bit and opened up like four city blocks up through there, so we’re trying to keep it from happening.”
Crews said they’ve been working this strategy several weeks, trying to prevent flooding near Bear Creek. “We just block the roads and come in here, wade water and try to rescue everybody, get them out,” Frachiseur said.
Officials said residents can help prevent some flooding issues by keeping ditches near their homes free of debris.