WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. – So much water threatened homes and cars in West Memphis, the fire department called in extra workers to help rescue stranded people. The fire Department even set up an emergency operations center to help coordinate getting help to West Memphians in need.
With a few grocery bags in their hands, James White and his friend trekked through water.
They weren’t trying to cross a river Sunday, just get down 9th street to his home.
“I got a whole family down there,” said White.
His family is stuck in their home with very little food in the house. White says trudging through brown rain water is the only way to get food to his hungry family.
“I saw trucks go down there, water coming past their bumper. I ain’t trying to go through there,” said White.
People waded through water on other streets. High water plagued streets all over West Memphis. Firefighters rescued well over a dozen people Sunday and took them to relative’s homes or an emergency shelter at the First Baptist Church’s Family Life Center.
Rosie Matthews spent the day at the Family Life Center instead of her home that’s now filled with water and the critters that came with it.
“Oh my God, it was so scary. It’s high and you don’t know what’s in that water!” exclaimed Matthews.
The city’s water pumps worked Sunday. But there was so much water pouring down, it didn’t have anywhere to flow, but in homes and cars.
“That water started rushing into my house. After that I couldn’t do nothing,” said Matthews.
Matthews found a dry spot in her house, sat down and started praying. That’s when she says firefighters showed up on her street. She flagged them down and yelled for help.
“I had to walk through that nasty weather,” said Matthews.
But now, thanks to the firefighters and other emergency management workers, she and others are safe and dry. Matthews hopes the water clears out soon so she can start cleaning and saving what she can.
“What are you going to do?” asked WREG’s Elise Preston.
“Just believe that he’ll supply,” replied Matthews.
Many West Memphians tell WREG, they are thankful Sunday’s flooding is not nearly as bad as what it was in 2011.