NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The remnants of the historic flood can’t be washed away fast enough.
“It left 3-4 inches of mud, soot, dead fish,” Parks Director Terry Hartwick said.
Hartwich says with time and money, North Little Rock crews are making it happen.
“You didn’t expect this to look like this when you know it was under 5 feet of water as of last Thursday,” Hartwick said walking along the riverside parks area.
It’s a race against the clock since summer is the prime earning season down the riverfront.
The RV park has been shut down for about two weeks.
From waiting for the water to recede, then cleaning off the lot and making repairs, the plan is to reopen most of it this weekend.
“Now we’re anxious to get them back in here again,” Hartwick said.
A ballpark dollar amount isn’t available yet to know just how much money is being spent and what’s been lost in revenue from the flood across the city.
But for instance, the Inland Maritime Museum brings in about $1,200 to 1,500 a day.
By the time they reopen next Wednesday, they will have lost more than $25,000.
“We’re keeping track of it, all of our expenses and we’ll turn it into FEMA and hope we get it all back,” Hartwick said.
But for the time being, it’s a hit to the bottom line.
“We’re spending money every day, our overtime is unbelievable.”
Even as the cleanup continues, the memory of it all will never be washed away.
The Burns Park Golf Course could open as early as this weekend.
Opening the trails will be the next big undertaking.
With so much debris to clean up, it will take more than a week to open safely.
Hartwick says the last project will be the soccer fields since there is still standing water on them.