Pine Bluff homeowners ready for flood to be over

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ark.-The Island Harbor Estates in Pine Bluff is one of the hardest hit areas.

In the past week, water levels have continued to rise and homeowners say they’re just ready for it to be over.

Street signs, roads and homes are still underwater.

Ron Nichols takes us down what used to be the Island Harbor Estates in Pine Bluff.

“It’s a swamp now, it used to be an island,” Nichols said.

A community he’s called home for 30 years.

“It’s just really…it gets you. It gets to you after a while,” Nichols said.

Propane tanks, cars and Nichols home on Holiday Drive are covered in floodwater.

”I’ve got 29 years right there. My air conditioner is 3 feet under water,” Nichols said.

“I really don’t have no place to go,” Nichols said.

Nichols has his furniture and appliances stacked high inside his home.

”The mud, the stink, the mold, the mildew. It’s going to be in the ceilings you’re going to have to rip it all out,” Nichols said.

Street signs and carports are camouflaged by floodwater.

“If you look ahead you can see the street light and the flag normally this is right in peoples yard,” Nichols said.

“Hell I’m about half sick at looking at it,” Nichols said.

The Island Harbor Estates sign is submerged in water.

”It’s totally unbelievable its something you see in a movie,” Nichols said.

Ron said he is ready for the flood to be over.

”That’s an understatement, total understatement. I’m ready for this to pass on, so we can get on with our lives,” Nichols said.

Nichols said he is staying with friends and family during the flood. He said he’s not going back until the water recedes.

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