Washed Out

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 8:50am

Rescuers pull residents from flooded Arkansas trailer park.

A group of Arkansas flood survivors wrap wool blankets around their shoulders as they stand in the rain.

"I didn't expect it to get like this. There is water up above my porch," Betty Nash says, stroking her son's hair.

Nash stands shivering on the shoreline as rescue crews wade through floodwaters to find her neighbors.

"I'm just glad someone came to rescue us," she says.

Nash and her two children had been stranded inside their mobile home when the rain turned into a river rushing in.

"I was starting to fear for my life. If the water would've got up further, we could have drifted away," she says.

Even as that fear flows away, other worries flow to the forefront.

"I've never been through anything like this at all," she says. "I still got three kids unaccounted for that were supposed to be on a bus."

"Water kept coming up," Colleen Franklin adds.

Franklin huddles under a blanket on the banks after being trapped inside her trailer home.

"Next thing I knew it was up to my knees," she says, voice quivering.

Franklin thought she'd seen all Mother Nature could throw at her.

"I've been in a tornado and a hurricane, but this is the first time I've been in a flood and I don't want anymore," she says.

She stands in shock, knowing she's survived a severe flash flood, thanks to rescue workers who risked the rising tides.

"The fireman come, God bless him. They got us out," she says, leaning into her son's shoulder. "They put a life vest on me and walked me out."

Staring out at a sea of spring rain run-off, she still feels stranded.

"I have no idea. We lost everything, I don't know where I'm going. I have no place to go," she says. "It just makes you feel all alone. Even though there's people around you."

While survivors like Collen Franklin and Betty Nash are glad to be alive, they hope no one else finds themselves in the same lonely boat, seeing their life wiped away by water.

Fifteen people, including several children, were rescued from Oak Glen Mobile Home Park near Johnson.

Officials are asking everyone to evacuate because they had to shut off the electricity.

According to the American Red Cross, evacuees without a place to stay are sleeping at the Fayetteville Flood Shelter for the night.
 

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