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Black Rock Residents Gearing Up For Heavy Rain

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -- "We're definitely on edge you know, waiting to see what's going to happen," said Black Rock resident, Robert Whitlow.

 Black Rock roads are just now beginning to dry out weeks after heavy rain left behind swollen rivers, lakes, creeks, and flooded neighborhoods.

"It's just a lot of trouble and heartache for a lot of people. This area of Black Rock is called Coffee Creek and it's prone to flooding after heavy rain," said Whitlow.

Water weary residents including Robert and Barbara Whitlow are hopeful that the heavy rain forecasted for Thursday night and into Friday won't leave behind the devastation it did a couple of weeks ago.

"Well, we dread it naturally. We're just sitting,  watching, and waiting for the river to come back up," said Robert Whitlow.

The Whitlow's  have lived in Black Rock  for 20 years.

Each time rain of this magnitude is predicted, they keep a close eye on the television and a packed bag by the front door.

They left last time before the water seeped into their home, and are prepared to leave again if they have to.

"I wish it wouldn't happen to us, but it does," said Whitlow.

Ladonna Maxie's newly renovated home was also flooded.

Like many others who live in the low lying area, she's hopeful Mother Nature doesn't hand this community a repeat performance.

"I  wouldn't be shocked now.  I was shocked last week. I cried, but I don't know if I could be shocked again because it actually happened," said Maxie.

"You can't control Mother Nature, she just does what she wants to do, when she wants to do it," said Whitlow.

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