Residents worry about flooding - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Residents worry about flooding

By Brandi Hodges - bio | email

BONO, AR (KAIT) - As the rain fell in Region 8, some watched the water rise in their yards.  For some, it was the second time in two weeks that they worried the water would come inside.  For many, they never knew this flooding was possible.

"This becomes a virtual lake.  Up to three feet deep in our driveway alone," said Robert Ballee.

"I was scared.  I was pretty nervous.  I didn't know how long it would take to get into the house or how high it was going to get," said Ronalee Ballee.

In the last year they've lived here, the Ballee's have never had this problem.

"This has never been as bad as it's been the last two rains.  It's really a terrible situation with these flash floods.  We're getting the worst of it right here," said Robert Ballee.

"We knew we might get some standing water with the heavy rain.  We had no clue that it was going to rain or flood as bad as it did," said Ronalee Ballee.

Mr. Ballee said since the last flood he has been making calls about this problem.

"All I would like to see is some cooperation with the county to get this safe," said Ballee.

Their house is in a low lying area and there's a creek that runs beside it. 

"It has come right to the floorboard of the house.  We've been lucky enough, thank goodness, for this moment.  Who's to say if we would have gotten another half inch of rain last night it would have been really bad," said Ballee.

That's why they are looking into what needs to be done to keep the water out.

Craighead County Road Formon Bo James said he has met with Mr. Ballee about the flooding situation.

He said they could put a tile under the existing culvert to raise it up but that would add to the flooding problem of neighbors across the street. 

James said he has suggested to the Ballee's to clean out the creek that runs along side their property.  He said before they do anything, first they need to figure out how it will effect others.

©2009 KAIT

 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • breaking

    Sheriff: Body found in Mississippi River

    Sheriff: Body found in Mississippi River

    Sunday, August 19 2018 2:21 PM EDT2018-08-19 18:21:39 GMT
    Sunday, August 19 2018 2:39 PM EDT2018-08-19 18:39:08 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    According to Mississippi County Sheriff Dale Cook, a body will be sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab in Little Rock for an autopsy after the body was discovered this weekend in the Mississippi River. 

    According to Mississippi County Sheriff Dale Cook, a body will be sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab in Little Rock for an autopsy after the body was discovered this weekend in the Mississippi River. 

  • Death penalty sought for man accused in 3 St. Louis killings

    Death penalty sought for man accused in 3 St. Louis killings

    Sunday, August 19 2018 12:09 PM EDT2018-08-19 16:09:56 GMT
    (Source: Pablo)(Source: Pablo)

    Prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty for a St. Louis man charged with killing three people in two separate shootings last year.

    Prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty for a St. Louis man charged with killing three people in two separate shootings last year.

  • ASP: One killed, two injured in Sharp County crash

    ASP: One killed, two injured in Sharp County crash

    Sunday, August 19 2018 10:31 AM EDT2018-08-19 14:31:25 GMT
    Sunday, August 19 2018 11:03 AM EDT2018-08-19 15:03:16 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    A Greene County woman was killed Saturday night and two others were injured in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 63 in Sharp County, according to a preliminary fatal crash summary from the Arkansas State Police. 

    A Greene County woman was killed Saturday night and two others were injured in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 63 in Sharp County, according to a preliminary fatal crash summary from the Arkansas State Police. 

Powered by Frankly