POCAHONTAS, Ark. – As flood damage assessment continues in Northeast Arkansas, officials say at least 150 homes have been left badly damaged in Pocahontas. A good number of them are on the city’s east side in the Robil Addition.
The neighborhood was an area of concern from the beginning of the Black River’s rise following heavy rains earlier this month.
On Monday, we talked to two different homeowners about their losses. One of them is still reeling from losing everything just six years ago.
If you walk down any street in the Robil Addition, you will hear fans whirring and see piles of belongings and debris littering every front yard.
“There was 18 inches of water measured throughout the entire house,” says Anna Hawkins of the damage to her home. She is trying to stay strong to rebuild again but can’t shake the memory of last time they were hit. “It was horrible, I mean you see all your stuff just wet.”
That time, Hawkins didn’t have flood insurance.
“My mom had died in 2009 and I had a bunch of her stuff stored in cardboard boxes and it all got ruined, I mean all our furniture, we had nothing,” she continues.
(nelda cooper, home damaged by flooding)
“We were all told it was a 100-year flood and it won’t happen again,” says Nelda Cooper, another flood victim.
Inside her house the floodwaters reached 4 1/2 feet. It was one of the highest damage levels in town.
“It’s devastating,” she says, adding that there are a lot of elderly people in the neighborhood.
“When their insurance tripled, they had no other option but to drop it,” she says.
Now, many people are left wondering how to move forward.
“We really do like living here but dealing with this, physically it’s getting harder to do this stuff ourselves,” says Hawkins.
More than 30 people were still staying at the shelter in town on Monday. The county judge says the Red Cross will take over running of the shelter on Tuesday.