County officials and crew temporarily secure levee until helicopters return in Jackson County

County officials and crew temporarily secure levee until helicopters return in Jackson County
Jackson County Judge Jeff Phillips said more Arkansas National Guard helicopters will come back to deliver additional sandbags to the levee. (Source: KAIT-TV)

JACKSON COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Earlier Friday, Jackson County Judge Jeff Phillips confirmed that two Arkansas National Guard helicopters have been requested to return.

Phillips said the helicopters will return in the early morning on Feb. 16.

The helicopters will be placing more sandbags on the eroding Village Creek White River Mayberry Levee.

Phillips said that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Arkansas Department of Corrections worked Feb. 15 to fill big bags of sand, and said they are hopeful the helicopters can come back soon.

Officials are working to try to get ahead of things and started lining the levee with plastic, along with more sandbags around the edges of the levee to help hold it down.

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