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Wednesday's storms trap Searcy neighborhood for 5 hours
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SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) -- One woman was killed when severe weather hit Arkansas on Wednesday, others were left cleaning up the damage and treading flood waters.

The Northfield neighborhood in Searcy was inaccessible for five hours Wednesday after flood waters made the road to and from impassible.

"You know it's just something you're not used to seeing," said Kyle Davidson who lives in the area.

The water that covered the north end of Main Street didn't know how to stop.

"Well there was just a whole lot of water, it was covering from the bridge all the way to the last street coming into Northfield. It just looked like a lake out here," added Donald Castleberry, a Searcy maintenance worker who was sent to work on the flooding.

Water from a nearby stream began gushing over Main Street near the Northern Bypass at 11 a.m., but there was little Donald or the other five workers could do.

"You can't just make the water disappear," he said. "It's just got to go somewhere you know. That's all there is to it."

Police roped off traffic for more than five hours.

"As a matter of fact my son sat on the other side of the road for more than an hour," Davidson added. "It could be a problem if something was to be needed like ambulances or police cars."

Bridge construction at the end of the street funneled traffic to one intersection, making it landlocked when the flood waters came through.

"There's a few people trying to get in and out, and you just couldn't do it," he continued.

On this day, no emergency services were needed, but folks worry about what might happen the next time they are. Several in the neighborhood said they are going to express their concerns to the mayor next week.

City Hall was unavailable when THV11 called.


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