Pocahontas residents remember 2011 flood

Pocahontas residents remember 2011 flood
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) - It's been exactly four years since a massive flood devastated Pocahontas and surrounding areas, killing one person.

"It was the biggest disaster I can remember," said Angie Koons, a lifetime resident of Pocahontas. "There was only one fatality in the whole thing, which I think is a miracle because of how fast the flood came up. It was just so widespread."

In 2011, the high flood waters broke the levees around Pocahontas in 13 places and forced residents to evacuate.

The floods trapped people inside the city and devastated areas like the Robil Addition. 

Four years later, residents said they praise the community for pulling together to help each other.

"So many had been without homes," Koons said. "We helped collect food and they set up mobile units at the community centers and churches. It was hard on the community, but everyone came together to help each other."

Crews are repairing the levees to make sure a massive flood cannot devastate the area again. The project should be complete by the end of June.

Also businesses, like Dollar General and the Imperial Theater, gutted their buildings and restored them to their original state.

"There was a lot of reconstruction, but right now, you don't notice it when you go through there," said Koons. "They've been working on the levees, repairing them. Fortunately, everything is back to normal. You can tell Pocahontas is thriving the way it always was."

City Clerk and Treasurer Suzanne Hawkins said the next project for the city is to move the street department out of its current low-lying area.

Hawkins said the equipment area still floods, which hinders how much the city can help the community.

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