Some flood victims fishing from front porch

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POINSETT COUNTY, AR (KAIT)- In some places, like Weona in Poinsett County, it could be weeks before the water will go down. But one resident is trying to make the best out of a very bad situation.

"You know I always wanted to fish off my front porch, but I never wanted to do it this way," said former Poinsett County Judge Doyle Hillis, who lives in the Weona community. Right now, his house is surrounded by water, but is using that obstacle to fish his way out a rough situation. "We have some catfish. We have some carp. We have some buffalo. We've had a lot of laughs over it, but we've had a lot of sad minutes," said Hillis.

Tuesday he spent afternoon on the porch, casting out and reeling in. "The best time is in the evening when the water slows down. You can see them running," said Hillis.

Hillis says he's lived here for 66 years and would have never though the water could get that high. "Most people are really just dumb founded over what's happened," he said.

While he wasn't able to land a big catch, it helps to keep his mind off the devastation. "It's going to be a crying shame when the water goes down and they're actually going to see the damage they are going to have," said Hillis.

Hillis says Monday he actually caught a catfish. While water didn't get into his home, he says there are a number of Weona residents who have been affected by flood water and he hopes FEMA will be able to help pick up the pieces.

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