While most of Faulkner County is thoroughly drenched from the rain overnight, officials with the Faulkner County Office of Emergency Management said that so far, things are pretty quiet.
According to Dirk Sutterfield, the occupants of two homes in Vilonia had to be evacuated Tuesday night as well as one home in Greenbrier.
“About 13 or 14 people were displaced and spent the night at local churches,” he said. “However, we have had no reports of damage and the evacuations were in anticipation of water coming into homes based on how fast it was rising at the time.”
As of Wednesday morning, Sutterfield said that his office had no complaints of dangerous areas or damage.
Glenn Wilhite, Faulkner County Road Foreman, said that his crews have been out dealing with roadways before they become a problem.“We have had a lot of water, but it runs down very quickly,” he said.
“We haven’t had anything too serious yet. We replaced a couple of pipes on gravel roads before they washed out and right now, we are just keeping an eye on places that we know have flooded in the past such as the Caney Creek area.”
Wilhite said that his department is being aided by members of various volunteer fire departments and encourages anyone that is traveling on the roads to avoid driving through areas that have standing water.
“We are advising people not to go around barricades and under no circumstances to drive through standing water. It is dangerous and what seems like a little water could send a vehicle rolling downstream in a hurry.”
Wilhite said that unless a heavier rain front makes its way across the county, he does not expect any serious issues.