Jackson County residents concerned over the threat of more rain

Jackson County residents concerned over the threat of more rain
Jackson County residents concerned over the threat of more rain

GRUBBS, AR (KAIT) - More rain predicted in the forecast made Jackson County officials prepare for the worst.

The town has bagged over 1,200 sandbags to prepare for the upcoming rain, and they’re not stopping any time soon.

Mayor Jackie Ivy of Grubbs said they’re trying to prepare as much as possible.

“We’re working hard to be prepared," Ivy said. "We’re just trying to stay ahead of the game right now.”

The town experienced major flooding in 2011 that caused residents to become isolated for several weeks with no way in or out.

Ivy said the community came together then just like they are now.

“Our community is wonderful," Ivy said. "In fact, I intended to front a letter thanking the people who turned up before. We had gosh, a hundred people sandbagging, just volunteers.”

The Mayor tried to keep his spirits up about the potential issues coming but was fearful for the upcoming days.

“It’s going to get really serious if it rains," Ivy said. "That’s why we’re praying and working hard.”

While residents in Grubbs are dealing more with the overflow of the Cache River, other Jackson County residents are keeping an eye on the eroding levee on the White River.

Jackson County Judge Jeff Phillips said they are still working on the levee by placing more plastic and sandbags on it.

Helicopters have also been requested this week to place bulk sand bags in areas of biggest threat along the levee.

With all this being done, Mayor Ivy said they still need help.

If you are interested to volunteer your time to assist the town, you can contact Grubbs city hall at (870) 252-3487.

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