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Izard County hit hard by floods

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Jody Shackelford

Staff Writer

Izard County was not exempt from the second natural disaster in two months. "It's bad," Izard County Judge Rayburn Finley said. One of many counties across north east Arkansas, Izard County was saturated with flooding the week of March 17.

"There is no such thing as a worst area. It is bad everywhere. Guion, Moccasin Creek in Calico Rock, I mean just all over the county," he said.

According to Finley there are not any numbers to describe the damage as of yet, but there are over 500 roads and the governor did declare a disaster.

"Right now we are just trying to get people where they can get in and out. The roads are rough. People can get over most of them but there are some that they can't," Finley said.

"We are working 10- and 12-hours a day, six days a week to get these roads back in shape," he said.

After the decimation of so many homes and structures from the Feb. 5 twister that damaged a large portion of Izard County, the flood plagues an already battle fatigued population. "People understand and they are living with the problems as we try to get them solved," he said.

Finley asks that Izard County residents be patient.

"We are doing as much as we can with what he have to work with. We only have five or six dump trucks and four or five road graders. We are doing the best we can," he said.

With the high water mark still etched into the landscape, the county will persevere although the process will not be quick. "It is going to be a long time," Finley said.



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