20 Arkansas homes evacuated because of river flooding

EARLE, AR (WMC) - Nearly 20 homes in Earle, Arkansas have been evacuated because of flooding from the Tyronza River, according to Bud Spears, director of Crittenden County Emergency Management Agency.

Spears said his department has alerted the state government and declared the area a disaster zone.

"We're hopeful the state will render a State of Emergency and make some funds available," Spears said.

County officials said they believe the water will not get any higher, as long as it doesn't start raining again.

Most of the families who were forced to evacuate had somewhere else to stay, but about five families didn't. So, a Red Cross shelter was set up at the old Earle Elementary gymnasium.

"The water is deep," Tanecka Robinson said. "When I left it was like two inches of water coming up into my house."

Robinson lives in Earle with her seven children. She said evacuating her home was stressful, but she is putting her and her family's fate in God's hands.

Spears said he and his team are already thinking about the spring--as the area regularly floods in the spring. He said he's worried high water now could spell a more serious situation during spring flooding.

"We had a historic month of February for rainfall, and we're already way ahead with the rainy season just now approaching--so we could be in for a long spring," Spears said.

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