Faulkner County business owners and community members were out early Sunday morning to clean up the damage from what Saturday’s rainfall brought.
The National Weather Service issued multiple flash flood warnings into early Sunday morning and reported 5.11 inches of rainfall overnight for Faulkner County.
The Conway Police Department and Conway Mayor Bart Castleberry were warning residents to stay indoors.
“The flooding is creating a very dangerous situation,” the CPD stated in a Facebook post. “If you are out please be cautious and do not drive into standing water. It only takes a small amount of water to sweep a vehicle away.
Castleberry told the Log Cabin Democrat that flooding hit areas in the city that aren’t usually affected.
“It flooded along Tucker Creek,” he said. “That normally does not flood. We got so much water in such a short time, our drain system couldn’t handle it. It was an unusual event.”
Businesses in downtown Conway were hit especially hard with water flooding through into the shops.
The Conway Fire Department, along with other community members, helped owners move furniture, merchandise and other items to suck out the water that was present.
“Very few businesses were spared along that section,” Casteberry said.
City Hall, he said, was also flooded.
“Water came in City Hall from the street and from the roof,” Casteberry said.
The Conway mayor commended the city departments for their quick response to the extensive flooding.
“The fire department, police department and street department did a great job with everything going on,” Castleberry said.
Conway Area Chamber of Commerce President Brad Lacy, who responded to the disaster by rolling up his sleeves and helping shop owners clean up the damages, posted to his Facebook page that he had never seen flooding like this weekend’s.
“I always get reminders of how great our community is when I least expect them,” he wrote. “The store owners that we could actually get in touch with arrived to a huge mess and no idea of what to do. Luckily, our mayor Bart Castleberry called in the troops.”
Lacy said firefighters from CFD showed up with shop vac and started helped people clean up the mess at 3 a.m.
“So, in addition to being first responders and fighting fires, they were also the clean up crew last night,” he said. “Looks like they are at it again this morning. Thanks to all of you. Appreciate what you do.”
The widespread flooding affected others on the street as well.
Conway Fire Chief Mike Winter said CFD pulled approximately 40 vehicles from flood waters in the city Saturday night.
“Those are preliminary numbers,” he told the LCD on Sunday. “We’re still scrambling. We’re about to head downtown to do a damage assessment.”
The department also conducted a swift-water rescue on Sunday in Enola where firefighters rescued a woman from a tree. Her vehicle was carried away.
Sheila Bellott from the Faulkner County Office of Emergency Management said the FCOEM teams would be out Sunday conducting road and home damage assessments and would let the LCD know when numbers were gathered.
As for the school districts, Conway Communication Specialist Heather Kendrick said none of the school in the district were affected.
“We are thankful to say that none of our school buildings sustained any damage,” she said.
Scott Spainhour, Greenbrier superintendent, said the schools in his district also came out well with no damages.
“We are still assessing the road damage and how it will impact bus routes,” he said.
The LCD will be updating this story from around the county as more information is received.