Flooded roads leave residents trapped for days

The flood has left several Faulkner County residents confined for days in their homes.

 

Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Director Shelia Bellot said several residents on Jones Lane in Mayflower haven’t been able to leave their homes since Friday.

“Several roads are under water, making access to properties difficult. We check on [residents] daily,” she said. “They’re doing fine, have everything they need. If they don’t have something they need, we do our best to provide it for them.”

Bellot said OEM was assessing damage in Mayflower — the only Faulkner County town, to her knowledge, with residents unable to leave their homes — on Tuesday afternoon.

“A lot of places are inundated with water so it’s hard to see,” Bellot said. “Right now, we don’t anticipate any mandatory evacuations. We’re continuing to monitor water levels.”

She said if the need arises, OEM would work with the American Red Cross to open a shelter for evacuated residents.

“We’re prepared to do that if we need to,” she said, adding that residents were handling the situation well. “The community is resilient. These people are doing a great job.”

Faulkner County Road Foreman Mark Ledbetter said several roads in Mayflower are closed due to flooding including Jones Lane, Easterwood Point Road, Sports Drive, Paisley Lane and Old Sandy Road.

Other county roads closed as of Tuesday afternoon were Bayou Road at Holland and Ridge Road at Needs Creek.

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials said that they don’t expect to close Toad Suck Bridge, which crosses Faulkner and Perry counties.

Perry County was one of four additional counties Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday formally declared disaster areas due to floods. Conway, Jefferson and Sebastian counties were also added. Gov. Hutchinson declared Faulkner County a disaster area on Friday.

(Staff writer Jeanette Anderton can be reached by email at jeanette.anderton@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1212. To comment on this and other stories in the Log Cabin, log on to thecabin.net. Send us your news at thecabin.net/submit)

 

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