WOOSTER, Ark.-Arkansans breathing a sigh of relief as water levels continue to fall across the state in the aftermath of disastrous flooding.
”Well I mean it was just nothing short of a miracle and at anytime I expected this sandbag wall to fall in,” Todd Patton said.
Todd and Tammie Dawn Patton said they’re grateful their home survived the flood.
They live in Wooster and built a wall around their home to protect it from over 4 feet of floodwater.
The Patton’s said they were nervous the wall wasn’t going to hold up because water levels rose about 8 more inches last week.
From flooded streets to dry land and cars finally driving through Patton Road in Wooster.
“It’s a really good feeling,” Patton said.
It’s a feeling Todd Patton has waited on for weeks.
”Well it’s a relief that it’s somewhat back to normal,” Patton said.
Over 6 feet of floodwater surrounded his home on Patton Drive last Sunday.
“We got pretty nervous at times because we had gone what up with the sandbags as high as we can go, and we just weren’t getting any relief,” Patton said.
The only thing keeping the water out was a wall and thousands of sandbags.
“I never even imagined. If I hadn’t I would have never built up here where I did,” Patton said.
Todd shared a Facebook video of him diving into his flooded pool last week.
“It got about 5 to 6 inches over that handrail,” Patton said.
Now, it’s back to normal and the water is green.
“We were proud to see that handrail stick up for sure,” Patton said.
Family members are now using pressure washers to remove debris that filled the barn and yard.
“There was a lot of people that wasn’t as fortunate as we were that didn’t have the equipment and the resources to do this,” Patton said.
It’s a clean up process that will take some time, but Todd says he’s just glad the worst is finally over.
“I can go a lifetime without seeing this again,” Patton said.
Todd says he’s grateful for everyone that stepped in and helped out last week.
He says without their help their home would have been ruined.