Hardy no stranger to flooding

By Josh Harvison - bio | email

HARDY, AR (KAIT) - Officials in the city of Hardy and Sharp County told Region 8 News Friday the Spring River isn't expected to rise. According to the National Weather Service, the Spring River at Hardy crested Friday afternoon at 9.66 feet. Previously, it was thought the river would crest at the same level as the flood of 2006. In March of 2008, the river crested at 20 feet. In April of the same year, the river crested at 22 feet.

"Our major concern is the public's safety and no property is worth your life and we've tried to stress that," said Hardy Mayor Nina Thornton.

Thornton said the city's road superintendent was out Friday morning closing roads. Several roads within Sharp County have been under water. The city of Hardy has placed "Turn Around, Don't Drown" signs near low-water bridges.

Thornton said residents of Hardy have learned lessons of flooding. In 2006, two people died from the high water.

"The water comes fast and it rises and it's furious. That means if the chief tells you to get out or you've got firemen telling you to get out. Go now," said Thornton.

The Twin Rivers School District at Williford closed at 10:30 Friday morning because of flooding. According to Superintendent David Gillahand, the district closed early because fears the school buses couldn't get past streams and students home.

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