As the flood waters go down, demand for building supplies go up

By Brandi Hodges - bio | email

POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) –Residents who are ready to rebuild in Pocahontas will be making a lot of visits to area home improvement stores.  Some of those businesses are already experiencing an increase in their business.

"I don't think we've scratched the surface yet," said Barton's Assistant Manager Cliff Farmer.

Barton's in Pocahontas is about a half a mile from some of the worst damage in the city.  Up and down the roads in some neighborhood's you'll find broken sheet rock, buckled baseboards, and damp insulation.

"We've run out of insulation and sheet rock and most of the homes in the Robil Addition haven't even started yet on rebuilding," said Farmer.

Farmer said they're already ordering more supplies.

"As soon as the water got down far enough that we could order in truck loads of lumber and dry wall and things like that we ordered in full trucks of everything that we could," said Farmer.

Farmer said some of the businesses damaged by the water were first to order supplies, but he expects that need to grow as more residents make their way into their homes to see what the floodwaters left behind.

"We're starting to see a rise right now in it.  As a matter of a fact every day we've been sending out truck loads on our trucks," said Farmer.

At the Lowe's in Paragould they've not seen the big rush they've seen in Pocahontas.  If it happens, Manager Rand Reynolds said they're ready.

"There's no way of pinpointing exactly what everybody needs when they need it so we're always ready.  We keep a huge stock of merchandise on hand at all times," said Reynolds.

Back in Pocahontas Farmer said the residents who are struggling are their neighbors and they want to help out any way they can.

"To me it's more of a responsibility on our shoulders because I've been visiting with a lot of folks and I told them it's not about selling at this point it's about being a good neighbor," said Farmer.  "I wouldn't want someone to raise their prices like sometimes we see gas prices rise during the summer when there's more travel.  I talked to the manager here and we didn't want anyone to get that feeling so we actually lowered the prices instead of raising them up."

One way Barton's is helping, Farmer said they're charging contractor prices for anyone affected by the flood.

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