JACKSON COUNTY, AR (KAIT)- Volunteers and Jackson County officials scooped, poured out, and stomped down dirt. All working to construct a Hesco Concentrator Unit, a temporary four foot levee, to further secure citizens with the possibility of more rain. Benny Rorie with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the unit is more secure than sandbags and will provide more security.
"The Corps of Engineers has used these Hesco baskets in several applications, especially on flooding on the Mississippi River. As a matter-of-fact, they are using them on the Mississippi River right now. We've had really good results with them," said Rorie.
Volunteer Kenny Davis said he happy to do his part to construct the temporary levee. "It helps the community. If this doesn't work then Jacksonport will be in trouble," said Davis.
Davis does farm work nearby, but says high waters have effected his livelihood. "Right now I'm out of work, and we're losing all the crop we planted," said Davis. He says when farmland is hit with high flood water, it changes the whole farming operation all together. "It'll probably be 30 days before the water goes down and we'll have to change crops. We'll probably have to go to soybeans now instead of rice," said Davis.
The Office of Emergency Management Director Donny Ivie says the levee protects over 2000 people around Jacksonport, Diaz, Campbell Station, and Hickory Grove. Davis just hopes his efforts will help protect those citizen, and keep water from flooding even more farmland. "There's 17 hundred acres in this one field that's all underwater, and most of it's anywhere from 15 to 25 feet under," said Davis.
Office of Emergency Management Director Donny Ivie says the flood gates are already in place around Newport. Ivie says this go around, it's flooded in places that didn't have problems during the flood in 2008, and the biggest challenge is predicting it's next course.