Benton County Road Crews Work Overtime After Flooding
On Saturday road crews were on Spider Creek Road in Garfield clearing debris and fixing bridges on the road to make it passable.
According to the construction superintendent Grant McCracken, about 12 families rely on the road and had been trapped after the Aug 8th flash flooding.
“For emergency services, getting to the residents and so residents can get out and get back to normal life,” McCracken said.
Greg Kelly said the water was about five feet deep around his home.
“You feel so helpless,” Kelly said. “I mean what do you save when you think everything you own is going to be gone?”
Kelly said the flood destroyed about $15,000 worth of his belongings. He said he lost two boats, an ATV, lawn mowers, several sheds and two puppies. Kelly had been trapped for four days and could only get around with his ATV.
“It’s a beautiful place to live, you can’t control nature,” Kelly said.
Kelly said the road to rebuilding will be a long one but he’s staying positive.
“I did lose two dogs in the process and that hurt but material things it doesn’t mean that much,” Kelly said.
County officials will be out Sunday surveying the damage and hope to have a dollar amount by next week to submit to the state.
McCracken is documenting the destruction throughout the county from this flood, which adds to the work left by the Spring floods.
“It’s tiresome, but everybody is doing a good job, everybody is working hard,” McCracken said.