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Cache River at Patterson to crest Monday morning at moderate flood stage

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PATTERSON, AR (KAIT) - Frequent flooding is no stranger to residents who live along the Cache River at Patterson. Water from Bayou de View feeds into the White River and eventually dumps into the Mississippi River, but when the White River is backed up, water from the Cache River tends to flood parts of Patterson.

"Everything up above us got 6 inches in one area and it'll all funnel out through the Cache River and Bayou de View," said Woodruff County Judge Charles Dallas.

Dallas told Region 8 News Sunday several county roads were under water and running through newly installed culvers. Dallas said all that water feeds into the Cache River.

Find various flood stage reports from the National Weather Service here.

"If the White drops out, then it's just 2-3 days, it looks like someone pulled the plug on the Cache. It'll drop out, but when the White is up and the Cache has got to feed into it, then it'll hold the water a lot longer," said Dallas.

The Cache River at Patterson is expected to crest at 11.5 feet Monday morning and the White River at 34 feet.

"Here in Patterson, I think we'll be alright, but the farm land is going to go under water, and people are trying to get their crops planted and people have got corn planted. We've got a problem with that right now. I think the houses in Patterson will be alright unless it really gets to be something," said Dallas.

Emmett Garner has lived along the Cache River for 42 years. He said he built a re-lift pump and retaining wall along his property 3 years ago. He's also brought in gravel and dirt to raise his property. The flood stage for the Cache River at Patterson is 8 feet. Garner said he doesn't worry until the water is at 12 feet.

"When it gets above 13, 13 1/2, it'll start causing us some problems. We have to move a lot of stuff and start jacking it up and getting it out of the water," said Garner.

Garner said the Cache River floods once every 4 years.

"Cache starts out above there and then Grubbs got 6 inches so all that water was coming down and we had this water before, a couple of weeks ago with the rain, and the river hadn't really gotten rid of all the water and you know, it's building up and backing up and the ground is saturated. That gives us a lot of problems," said Garner.

"The person that owned this property before built a levee around the, between the railroad tracks and his house, and they got a re-lift pump sitting down there in the corner of it and they built a levee across it where the river can't back up around their house," said Dallas.

Garner said his neighbors were appreciative of the levee system.

"Because they have water every time the river was up, and if we done it this way, we keep the water off of them, and they wouldn't have to be worried about all the backed up water coming in and it done us a big favor too," said Garner.

Garner said he's come to expect the flooding of the Cache River.

"I guess you just, you stay on the river, you're like a big wretch, you know, you just like it and when you get the floods you have to take them as they come when it gets out of hand," said Garner. "That's a part of living on the river and having the fresh air and you know, when you get ready to go and go fishing and boat riding."

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