HARRISON, Ar.– As flooding in Northwest Arkansas continues, agencies across the Natural State and beyond are lending a hand.
According to the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM), state departments including the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, National Guard, and Forestry Service are already providing aid to the area.
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Barbara Hager, a Public Information Officer with ADEM says each of those state agencies is taking on a specific task.
Hager says the National Guard’s high-water teams are helping evacuate people as needed. The National Guard is also using its helicopter to place large sandbags on levees in Crawford and Conway Counties.
The state’s Game and Fish Commission sent wildlife officers to aid with water rescues as well. Those same wildlife officers are also providing security to storm-damaged areas.
As levees undergo repair and reinforcement, the Arkansas Forestry Service is putting up drones to monitor the status of those levees.
Other state agencies, namely the Arkansas State Police, are on standby status in case the area needs help directing traffic or setting up detours because of flood covered roadways.
State Police Troop I, covering eight counties between Harrison and Ash Flat, says it’s already assembled a unit of four state troopers who are ready to respond in a moment’s notice.
This is the case for troops all across the state, according to the Arkansas Department of Emergency management.
Arkansas State Police Public Information Officer Bill Sadler says, “all state troopers are on standby” and could be called to respond to a disaster.
Sadler says no additional troops are needed in NWA.
But it isn’t just Arkansas agencies pitching in to help — both Missouri and Tennessee have lent sandbagging devices (two from Missouri and one from Tennessee), each operated by National Guard units.
Hager says the U.S. Corps of Engineers provided two sandbagging units as well.