Disaster Responders from the American Red Cross in Arkansas continue to provide care to the community of Y-City (Scott County) displaced after midnight Friday, May 31st, as flash floods swept through the town. County officials estimate approximately 100 people have been displaced.
Scott County Sheriff Cody Carpenter and Arkansas Game and Fish Game Commission Wildlife Officer Joel Campora, were swept away by flood waters as they attempted to rescue two women by boat from their home. Carpenter's body was recovered Friday morning. Search continues for the others.
Located an hour and a half west of Little Rock, Y-City is near the Ouachita National Forrest. After midnight Friday morning, residents were awaken by rising waters from mountain run-off and rain swollen waterways crisscrossing the area. Flash floods literally wiped homes off foundations moving them down Mill Creek into the Fourche La Fave River. Six inches of rain saturated the area Friday night. The Fourche River rose 24 feet above level cutting off Y-City for several hours.
Teams from the American Red Cross of Greater Arkansas and Northwest Arkansas Chapter of the American Red Cross have begun providing emergency assistance to flood victims for shelter, food and clothing.
“For Y-City resident’s safety, as well as Red Cross workers, until flood concerns lessen those affected by the Scott County flood are asked to contact the Red Cross at 501-748-1021,” stated American Red Cross in Arkansas Communications Officer Brigette Williams. “Since Y-City flood victims are already with family and friends, we don’t want to endanger anyone by having them or our workers on roads until conditions are safe.”
Flash flood watches and warnings continue across Arkansas through tonight. Residents are asked to not attempt to drive through water covered roads, even familiar ones. It is very important for anyone near any body of water from ditches and ravines to creeks and rivers to stay aware to the possibility of rising waters. This is most critical during overnight hours.
“Because most of the state is already saturated from Friday’s rain we urge people to not test their skills by driving through water,” stated Williams. “It only takes a few inches to move a car off roads or to learn to late the road you thought was there has been washed away.”
More tips on flood safety can be found here.
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