Rising Water Along White River Causes Problems

January 15, 2007 -- Posted at 7:07 p.m. CST

BATESVILLE, AR -- For communities along the White River the rain isn't the big problem, it's the river.

The river rises not only from the rain falling into it, but also from the rain falling further up stream.

"I worry about it getting up over the bridge so I can't get to work," said Delores Posey.

While the river won't get that high, Posey was still out taking pictures of the river, she said she likes to keep a record of how high the river does get.

Another on looker, Betty Bartlett used the high waters to make a video for family members in Texas.

For the Office of Emergency Management in Independence County it's been a busy weekend.

"We're very hopeful that we won't have to do any of the floodgates or the stop logs," said Glen Willis.

The Batesville Waste Water Plant is in trouble.  The heavy rain is causing problems here that won't be solved until the waters recede.

"The ponds are at a high level.  The winds are up and it's starting to cut the road out," said plant supervisor Eugene Townsley.

County dump trucks are dumping rock onto the road to fill it in so the waste waters don't break out of the pond.

"The plant's designed to take in 14,000,000 gallons of water a day and we 're taking in 24,000,000 gallons," said Townsley.

Pumps are being used to help remove part of the water, pumping it from one pond to another.

Townsley said it will be more than a week before all repairs are made and things are back to normal.

Residents in Independence County who haven't flooded yet shouldn't worry.  The White River crested around noon on Monday at 17 feet.