Bella Vista, Avoca Hit Hard by Flooding, Water Main Breaks


Bella Vista was one of the hardest areas hit as severe weather moved into Northwest Arkansas Thursday morning (Aug. 8).

In the city, water lines broke and power outages left many people without electricity.

Crews worked all morning to repair the water main break on Chelsea and Arthur Roads. It was one of many.

An official with the Bella Vista Property Owners Association said there are only isolated areas without water. Workers had to re-route some of the water mains.

Carroll Electric crews were also out working to restore power after the floodwaters downed power lines.

Berksdale Golf Course was swamped with rain overnight, flooding roads and homes.

“I woke up with my dad coming in the room at about 5 o’clock this morning saying ‘Get everything on the bed because the water’s coming in,’” said Celina Undernehr, an Avoca resident.

She says she frantically tried to get her things onto her bed but the water rose fast in her Avoca home.

“By the time he said we had to get out, we were in the kitchen and the glass started falling off the walls and the fridge flipped backwards and busted,” she said.

Benton County typically sees about three inches of rain during the month of August, but saw twice that amount Thursday in a matter of hours.

The heavy rains caused problems for drivers as well. There were more than a dozen swift water rescues in Rogers alone — and many more throughout the county.

No injuries were reported, as authorities say all the rescues were successful.

People stopping on the side of the road to take pictures of the golf course in Bella Vista, say they couldn’t believe their eyes.

“This is unbelievable,” Dustie Meads, of Bella Vista, said. “This is I’ve been here for 11 years and I’ve never seen it quite this high.”

Jim Rosso who lives in Bella Vista and says he just golfed at the Berksdale Golf course yesterday.

He says this golf course and the Kingswood Golf Course often flood when there are heavy rains.

“It’s terrible, but I don’t see any way around it,” Rosso said. “There’s no place to hold the water.”

Meads says the rain began near her home around 1 a.m. She says the thunder really began crashing a couple hours later.

“Normally you’ll have a thunder storm and you’ll have a boom here and a boom there,” Meads said. “This was boom after boom after boom. Fearful booms.”

 

 


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