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Flooding problems in Sharp Co.

CHEROKEE VILLAGE, AR (KAIT)- Parts of Sharp County experienced flooding from Sunday's storms. 

It seems Cherokee Village got the worst of it. The level of the water is starting to go down but they are still dealing with washed out roads and bridges.

"This is the worst since I've been here," said Cherokee Village resident, Leslie Seng. "As you see behind me, the waterfall and the rain has washed out our bridges."

Leslie Seng has lived in Cherokee Village for nearly a year now and said they usually deal with flooding when there is a lot of rain but nothing this bad.

"You can't get through, our post office is right over there and you have to go 12-13 miles out of the way to just get it," she said. "You can actually see debris floating in the lake coming down."

The water level has gone down since Sunday night but Seng said it may be a while before they can drive on this bridge.

"Where it's circling you can see that that's a sink home so they are going to have to repair this bridge anything happens," Seng said. 

And down the road in downtown Hardy, business owners were vacuuming the water out of their business.

"Water and mud throughout the whole shop covering the floor, that's all I've seen so far," said business owner, Rhonda Dispennette.

Hardy Quilting Company has been in business for 6 years but owner Rhonda said she's only dealt with flooding for the past 2.

"There's drain problems back there and I saw they were full yesterday before I left and didn't think about the storms last night," she said.

City and county officials are working to free the standing water before the next rain.

"Good luck to everyone that got hit worse last night," Dispennette said. "

"One hand washed the other, we got each other's back down here," Seng said.

The Sharp County Office of Emergency Management Director Eugene Moore said they are  trying to help people get in and out and make sure everyone is safe.      

He said he hopes everyone will be patient with them as they start to clear the damage. 

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