Students living and learning history of flood

By Brandi Hodges - bio | email

POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) –The flooding that happened earlier this month is on the minds of students and teachers in Pocahontas.  Kids who watched as the water rose and covered their city have a lot of questions about why it happened.

Living in Randolph County most of them are used to being around the rivers but after the flooding that devastated the community they want to learn more.

"History is history no matter what," said third grade student Gary Jackson.

9-year-old Jackson has a lot of questions but has also learned a lot in the past few weeks.  Teacher Kay McFall is spending part of her class time to allow students to talk about the recent disaster.

"I tell them, you know, tragedy is loss of life.  Things are just things but that doesn't mean we can just ignore what we need to be doing to prepare for what is going to happen in the future," said McFall.

"I think it was pretty bad.  I was terrified when I found out we couldn't go over the Black River.  It was the first time that I know that it ever happened," said Jackson.

Jackson is one of several very inquisitive students.  Since the flood he has committed all the major flood levels from the past to memory and by knowing that, he understands this flood better.

"Normally it's supposed to be 17 feet but this flood in 2011 is the worst that it's ever got," said Jackson.

Asking questions is how you learn more.  This history making flood is one that will be talked about in the future.

McFall's home was flooded in 2008 and that led her and her husband to raise their house by four feet.

This year there was fourteen feet of water in their yard and it still got into their home.  With what the students learn out of their books or from what they experience they are learning lessons they'll always remember.     

"I think by it happening this closely together and the magnitude of what has happened I don't think there is anyone living in this area that will ever forget," said McFall.

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