Floodwater Still a Problem in Jackson County

January 18, 2007 - Posted at 5:39 p.m. CST

JACKSON COUNTY, AR -- The rains in Region 8 may have ended on Monday however a number of residents are still dealing with the effects.  Floodwaters continue to be a problem in certain areas.

Highway 224 outside of Tuckerman in Jackson County is one of four state highways and at least 20 county roads that are still closed because of floodwaters. The good news for the county is that most of the rivers are now receding. However, the Cache River is still rising and it's putting some residents out of their homes.

"They have had flooding pretty much but not like this, not like this," said Jackson County resident Patricia Martin.

Martin has lived near the Cache River for four years, but she has never seen her possession floating in the yard.

"That's my gas tank and it wasn't turned over a while ago but it is now," said Martin.

With the rising waters, Martin now wonders what she will do next.

"They said something about sand bagging but I think it is too late for sandbagging," said Martin.

But not too late for everyone.

"It was just about ready to come in the house. I had to get out there and start the tractor and pump it out," said Lavern Long.

When Long awoke Thursday morning the waters of the Cache were lapping at his doorstep. That's when the county came to the rescue.

"The Black and White Rivers haven't given us many problems yet but right now you can see we are trying to fight the Cache River," said Jackson County Operations of Emergency Management Don Ivey.

To combat the Cache River, the county made sandbags and then placed them in a perimeter surrounding Long's home. It was a team effort that included help from an unlikely source.

"It's a tremendous amount of work and if it weren't for the Department of Corrections, I don't think we would be able to do it," said Ivey.

According to forecasts, the Cache River should crest on Friday.  However, with more rain in the forecast all that stands between the rising waters and Long's house are some levees and some bags of sand.

"With it fixing to rain again, you can about not sleep at night," said Long.