Flood recovery continues in Pocahontas

POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) – The past two months have been life changing for many residents who have severe damage to their homes.  Now many have torn their houses back to the studs and started rebuilding.  Volunteers first showed up in the Robil Addition right after the flooding to help people rip out their damaged floors and walls.  Now more volunteers are helping put the walls back up and make their houses feel like home again.

"Probably by the last of next weekend we'll be moving in," said Nina Kazzee.

After weeks of being homeless Kazzee is closer to getting back home.  She and her neighbors have been through a lot dealing with the aftermath of the flooding.

"It's been hard to adjust to it," said Geary Barr.

Barr's home is still in the process of getting rebuilt on the inside.

"We're getting the walls put back in and we're working on the walls getting them sheet rocked," said Paul Gunter.

A group from "In his Footsteps Ministry" in Jonesboro spent the past week and a half in this area volunteering their labor.

"Some of the residents got money from FEMA to buy materials and supplies for their home but it is not enough to pay for labor," said Gunter.

Barr said the flood has changed the neighborhood drastically.  While it will never be the same in many ways and in other ways it is better.

"You pass neighbors and you say hi to them but you don't really know them.  We've gotten the opportunity to really get to know each other and find out you have a lot of good neighbors," said Barr.

"I feel a lot different now.  I really feel a lot different and this area right here where all the people were flooded out I feel like we're closer," said Kazzee.

They are in need of volunteers to help.  If you would like to help out you can call Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church at 870-932-2529.

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