Arkansas News

Friday, June 11, 2021

Inmates bag loads of sandbags for Dumas residents affected by flooding; fire department distributes

Inmates from the Arkansas Department of Corrections Varner Unit shoveled through 4 loads of sand all day to create sandbags for Dumas residents Wednesday. The sand was distributed and transported by the Dumas Fire Department. Dumas Fire Chief David Byrd said it's the inmates' labor that's helping residents at the moment, and it shouldn't go unnoticed. "We have been giving them out to people that come over here to get it. Plus, for the elderly people that couldn't get out, we took the sandbags to them and to their homes," said Byrd. A state of emergency has been declared for Desha County. The County Judge gave three bags of sand and the mayor one for the inmates to shovel through. "We're going to try to get FEMA involved because the insurance companies are not going to pay for this," said Byrd.
KTHV-TV Little Rock

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Heavy rains cause serious flooding in Stuttgart; emergency to be declared

Tuesday and early Wednesday brought heavy rains to the Stuttgart area, causing street and property flooding. Many roads in and around Stuttgart were closed Tuesday afternoon following a couple of hours of heavy rain. Streets that were impacted within the city included 10th Street, Main Street, Buerkle Street, Lennox Road, and Park Avenue. The Stuttgart Police Department issued a statement Tuesday asking residents to stay home if at all possible. Fire Chief Jimmy Cason said the department rescued one resident when her home flooded and she couldn’t get out on her own. “We were able to get a kayak to get the resident to safety,” Cason said. When the rain subsided on Tuesday, the water slowly receded but heavy rain and strong thunderstorms overnight caused the streets to flood again Wednesday morning.
Stuttgart Daily Leader

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