(KFSM) — Several cities along the Arkansas River are feeling the impact of the historic flooding this week, but community members are stepping up to help those in need.
President and CEO of the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce Tim Allen said Tuesday (May 28) that several businesses in the community had stepped up to help with flood relief for residents impacted by historic water levels on the Arkansas River.
OK Foods, Gerber, Sam's Club, Walmart, Harps, SYKES, Trinity Multifamily, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Arkansas Poly, Arvest Bank, First National Bank, AGO, OG&E and several others have donated money, items and people to sever the community, according to Allen.
A cooking hub is operating on Garrison Ave. in Fort Smith.
Four delivery points have been set up to help feed those impacted the flooding in Fort Smith.
Residents can get free meals at the following locations in Fort Smith at 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. -
- Grand Avenue Baptist Church
- Community Bible Church
- First Presbyterian
- Sears facility at Central Mall in Fort Smith
Allen says these food hubs may be moved in the following days.
Anyone with questions about the free meals is asked to call the hotline for flood relief information at 1-800-558-3370.
Lavaca First Baptist Church is also offering free meals for residents impacted by flooding in Lavaca.
Allen said Tuesday that over 5,000 meals had been delivered to the residents in the River Valley already.
Those wanting to give monetary donations can do so through the United Way by texting "Flood2019" to 91999. All donations will go to the flooding initiative.
Tyson Foods will also be donating two truckloads, totaling 64,000 pounds, of protein to help those dealing with flood waters. Tyson Foods team members have volunteered to unload and distribute product to the receiving agencies at the River Valley Regional Food Bank. The donations will be distributed Thursday (May 30) at 9 a.m.
Tyson disaster relief teams will continue to reassess operations and deploy additional resources to communities impacted by the flooding as needed.
Two Popeyes locations in Fort Smith are offering first responders a free 2 piece chicken and biscuit. If you're unable to make it to the stores, you can call or text Nick Freeman at 479-651-4025.
Melody Daniels with the Sebastian County Office of Emergency Management said the water is expected to crest Wednesday (May 29) at 42.5 feet, nearly 20 feet above flood stage, so the worst isn’t over yet. Not only was the volume of water an issue, so was the speed in which it was flowing.
Governor Asa Hutchinson has declared a state of emergency so that funds could be released to assist those impacted by the floods. You can call the River Valley Food Relief Information Center at 1-800-558-3370.