Flooding Leaves Mess for Downtown Heber Springs

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On Saturday, parts of downtown Heber Springs sat underwater.

On Monday, trash, rocks and dirt line the curbs.

“The water was up to about right there,” Jim Coffman says while using his hand to measure Saturday’s water levels next to his building.

Coffman opened his confections store seven months ago.

“It’s a nice, friendly little town,” Coffman says.

This weekend was his first taste of heavy rain in an area that’s known to flood.

“It turns into a river,” Coffman says.

Coffman showed us his trash cans that he had to retrieve after the storm. One of them was still pinned up against his back stairwell.

“We had to sweep sand and stuff out of our facility,” Coffman says.

Rhonda Brock runs a consignment store just down the hill from Coffman’s.

“When there’s just so much at one time that falls there’s not much you can do,” Brock says.

“It’s almost like a waterfall just rushing.”

New used items now sit on Brock’s showroom floor: a vacuum and a mop.

“Vacuuming and steam cleaning the carpet because it got wet,” Brock says.

Ahead of Saturday’s rain some stores shielded their doors with sandbags and wooden boards, which remain in place two days later.

Business owners plan to keep these high-water remedies on standby until next time.

“When it’s full, it’s full,” Coffman says.

“It has to go some place.”

City and county officials delivered sandbags to downtown business owners ahead of Saturday’s rain.
 

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