Concern growing over cracked levee in Pine Bluff

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PINE BLUFF, Ark.- With the Arkansas River on its way to cresting in Pine Bluff, concern is growing over a cracked levee. 

It’s near Island Harbor Road. 

Crews are taking drastic steps to hold back the water. 

“We can’t control the river,” says Harold Staton with Pine Bluff Truck & Trailer. 

Bringing in dirt by the truckload, Staton watches as the road outside his office is transformed into a levee. 

“They said, ‘We think you’re okay, but we don’t know,” Staton says. “We do not know what could happen to this place.”

It’s a rising fear after a crack was discovered in a levee near Island Harbor Road. 

“We have levees, but they do fail,” Staton explains. 

His Pine Bluff truck and trailer shop is emptied out as a precaution, as he waits to see what will happen. 

“We’ve abandoned the offices, all of the computers, files, all of that is in other areas,” explains Staton.

City crews built the levee in just hours as an attempt to redirect the water if there’s a breach. 

“About the time that you think that everything is perfect, something will happen like this,” says Richard Roden, the director of the Pine Bluff Streets Department. “Mother Nature, you can’t fool with her.”

With his shop in the flood zone, Staton can’t hold back his concern as the river runs its course. 

“1990, it was close, but this is worse,” says Staton. 

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