Days after rain, flood waters still rising in Brinkley

BRINKLEY, Ark.(KTHV)- The rain has finally stopped, but the threat of flooding continues in east Arkansas. With nearly 3 feet of water inside his home, Troy Miller said he's made the decision to pack up and move to higher ground.

"Everyday I have to come in and raise my furniture up to try to save it."

Everyday, the water gets higher and higher. The problem is the Piney Creek Drainage System that runs through Monroe and Lee Counties. Monroe County Judge Larry Taylor said they got quite a bit of rainfall.

"We got 12 to 14 inches of rain over the weekend plus the ground was already saturated. Your watershed area exceeds this and it's just running off and nowhere to go except the lowest place."

Taylor said the drainage area has seen problems in the past, but the water has never caused this much damage.

For Vashon Miller and his family, it's the first they've had water inside their home.

"Putting bricks on the refrigerator, washing machine, and dryer. We moved all the furniture out."

"Never got into the house. We build little walkways to get in, but this last time they floated away."

The Piney Creek Drainage System is 30 miles long and officials say flood waters have risen at least 4 inches since Thursday morning.

Miller said they'll be spending their holiday weekend hoping the water will recede.

"The floor's coming up. I don't know if there will be much left."

County officials hope that assistance will soon be available for those property owners who have been affected by the Piney Creek Drainage system flooding.


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