Wings Take Flight From Flood

McDonald County Press - - FRONT PAGE - By Me­gan Davis

When Pa­trick Wing re­turned to his mo­bile home on Bear Hol­low Road the day af­ter Christ­mas, he didn’t know that an hour later he’d have to evac­u­ate his fam­ily be­cause of flood­ing.

Wing and his fam­ily — his wife, their two chil­dren and his niece — got home at 7 p.m. Satur­day, Dec. 26. An hour later, Wing looked out­side to dis­cover that Bear Hol­low Creek — the dry stream bed that his drive­way crosses — had started to fill and the road was sub­merged. His home sits be­tween two wet-weather streams.

Deem­ing it too dan­ger­ous to stay, he im­me­di­ately took ac­tion. The Wings packed all of the ir­re­place­able items they could into their ve­hi­cle as Bear Creek quickly en­gulfed the drive­way and be­gan to leave its banks.

With the drive­way cov­ered in rush­ing wa­ter, the fam­ily had no op­tion but to ma­neu­ver a steep and muddy ATV trail along the back of the property un­til they reached a pass­able road.

By the time they left the home, the knee-high wa­ter was com­ing in through the floors, Wing said.

“I thought we were go­ing to lose the house,” he said.

The force of the wa­ter ate a 15-foot-wide, nine-foot-deep crater in the drive­way.

“Bad thing is, it’s go­ing to cost $5,000 to $6,000 to re­pair” the drive­way, Wing said. “There’s no way I can af­ford to fix it right now.”

Wing has taken to the web to

help fund re­build­ing and re­in­forc­ing a bridge across the drive­way. Ac­cord­ing to the GoFundMe page cre­ated, https://www.gofundme. com/dygtj3aw, the fam­ily is hop­ing to raise $400 to get started and get home.

The home with­stood the flood; how­ever, it sus­tained some wa­ter dam­age to the roof.

The fam­ily is stay­ing with rel­a­tives in Arkansas un­til they can safely re­turn to their property. Wing says it will be the mid­dle or end of next week un­til that’s fea­si­ble.

PHOTO BY PA­TRICK WING

Two days af­ter heavy rains forced Pa­trick Wing and his fam­ily to evac­u­ate their home along Bear Hol­low Creek, Wing re­turned to find that his drive­way was washed out by the flood.

the rains the week­end af­ter Christ­mas.

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