Unintentional Lakefront Property

JANUARY 16, 2007 -- POSTED AT 8:00 P.M. CST

GREENE COUNTY, AR -- Four days of heavy rainfall and now Greene County Road 831 is covered with flood water.

Steven Hill and his family are one of the four families that live down the road, a road that now looks more like a lake.

"It started 2 days ago. Yesterday we were able to come out in a tractor, but then it got too deep for the tractor and now we've had to go to boats," says Hill.

Taking their groceries and their four year son, they load in the boat to make the cold trip across the waters, all this just trying to get home.

"All this water is coming from our north, up from Kennett. They dig the ditches out north of us and it gets down to here and they haven't done anything. It bottle necks and it doesn't have a place to go. It spreads out and goes over the levee and that's why we're in the situation we're in," says Hill.

The water comes from the Mayo Ditch and the levee is supposed to keep the water in its banks, but it's obviously not serving its purpose.

"Over time, they disk the levees and they settle and settle and nothing's ever brought back up to rebuild the levees, so there's nothing there," says Hill.

The levee is at the same level as the ditch so when the water levels in the ditch are high, the water just comes over into these fields and covers their road, blocking access to their home and farm.

"It's an inconvenience, but it's not as much of an inconvenience as when it gets in your barn and you lose product. We do hay and we've lost some hay because of this. Six years ago when it got in there we lost a lot of hay also and that's when it gets frustrating," says Hill.

But their 4 year old son, Cruz doesn't seem to mind. He thinks this is fun, but his mom who's a month away from delivering Cruz's new baby sister really doesn't enjoy taking a boat home in 20 degree weather.

"My wife's pregnant and it makes you think about that. If the baby comes early how soon can you get to the hospital and stuff like that. Things that we just take for granted," adds Hill.

Hill says they are hoping that the weather forecast stays dry and the water will recede by the end of the week.