North­west Arkansas Not Seen Dev­as­ta­tion Like Texas

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - COMMUNITY - MARIE ROY WCN Colum­nist

We hear of the hur­ri­cane and floods on the coast and can’t fully imag­ine the scope of dev­as­ta­tion.

The near­est to a flood in these Arkansas moun­tains was a few years ago when we re­ceived days of rain­fall. Roads, ditches and lawns were cov­ered with at least 10 inches of wa­ter and the yard looked like a river.

An­other weather topic in 2009, was the un­usual ice storm, with trees and limbs break­ing, sound­ing like gun fire. We still see the re­sults in dead trees. Af­ter a windy day, I pick up dead limbs that were bro­ken and they caught in the branches.

Then the March 2, 2014, sleet storm! Some was piled so high one man said he could touch the eaves of his house by stand­ing on piled up ice.

Two dif­fer­ent hail storms that were re­ally bad, one is about 1938, and the other about 40 years ago when gar­dens were up and grow­ing, they were beat flat and cov­ered with hail.

Those were the worst I can re­mem­ber ex­cept the two tor­na­does, one north of town and one in Cincin­nati, both deadly.

None of these were so wide spread as the hur­ri­cane and flood­ing. We can’t fully imag­ine the scope of dev­as­ta­tion, and can only ask God to help where we can’t.

Happy birth­day to Disa Al­meta, Scott Meyer, Dakota Hill, Derek Ab­shier, Roy Moor­man, Jean Gra­ham, Amanda Cleek, Dianne Rus­sell, Justin Pitts, Eric Snarr, and David Snarr (twins), Lo­gan Wof­ford, Pa­trick Swope.

Happy an­niver­sary to Bobby and Dianne Rus­sell, J.W. and Dar­lene Cheatham and Dean and Misty Cheatham.

Happy years, all! Re­mem­ber re­cy­cling Mon­day.

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