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Flood Waters Leave Brinkley Animals Stranded

Brinkley emergency officials are working on a plan to help pets and livestock stranded in flood waters.
BRINKLEY, AR -- While people in eastern Arkansas wait to see if they'll get federal help dealing with the effects of a recent flood, other problems remain.

Many people affected by this ongoing problem are missing their pets and some are trapped in high water.

Emergency officials in Brinkley and Monroe County are obviously swamped with problems following this flooding.

And right now, days later, they're still trying to figure out the best way to help stranded animals.

Our cameras rolled as a resident found one dog, surrounded by water, just feet away from it's flooded home.

The dog somehow made it to safety on top of a manhole which was one of the few dry spots around.

After Brinkley resident Timothy Harvey saved the dog, it was reunited with it's owner.

People living in Brinkley say there are many more animals just like it out there.

Harvey said, "And I've been here for 40 years and this is the worst we ever had."

Right now though, the focus is on flooded homes and how to bring the waters back down.

Resident Ollie Lawless said, "And it's a waiting game and who's to say how long we've got to wait. We already waited a week. Saturday it will be two weeks that we have to wait."

Monroe County's Emergency Management Coordinator said they're working with volunteer groups to help find the trapped animals still out there.

People living in Brinkley say there's also a problem with livestock being stuck and surrounded by water.
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