Many residents have reached out to us wanting to know what they can do to help after the flooding that occurred this weekend. We sincerely appreciate the outpouring of community support, and it is heartwarming to see so many people ready and willing to help Springdale recover from this natural disaster.
At this time, City employees are working hard to clean up the major debris. The bulk of the damage requires professional assistance to clean up. There will be opportunities for community volunteers in the future, but for now, we ask that you please refrain from entering the creeks, and please avoid any locations where there is severe weather damage, such as the roads or trails. This is for your safety and to ensure our employees are able to work in those areas unimpeded.
However, there are some things you can do to help:
- Work with your neighbors to clean up around your neighborhood. This includes gathering tree limbs, trash, broken furniture or anything else that was displaced in the storms.* Please avoid entering any creeks or working on any damaged roads.
- Share information. We will continue to post on social media and our website about closures around the city caused by weather damage and flooding, and in the future we will let you know about opportunities for cleanup. As we post these updates, we rely on you to help spread the message. Share posts and encourage your friends and family who live in Springdale to follow us on social media and share our messages, as well.
- Be patient. The City is working to rebuild roads that were damaged in the flood, and to clear brush and debris, but it will take months to repair the roadways, park property and trailheads that were damaged. Please be patient, and encourage your family and friends to be patient. Do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions, but understand that rebuilding after a disaster takes time.
- Be prepared. Know the risks for the area you live in, and be prepared for additional weather events this spring. Floodplain information is available on our website. There is also additional information available from FEMA: https://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/Region_6_Spring_Flood_Fact_Sheet.pdf. Also, sign up for our emergency alert system, Springdale Alert. It is free and easy to use, and during severe weather events, it can help keep you and your family safe. Sign up today at http://www.SpringdaleAR.gov/Alert.
*The City of Springdale offers bulky waste pickup throughout the year through Public Works. Since that department has been busy with cleanup after the flood, bulky waste pickup has been suspended this week (May 1-5). Starting Monday, May 8, you can call and schedule a regular bulky waste pickup, and Public Works will come and pick up your bulky waste within 1-2 weeks. You can contact Public Works at 750-8135. Another option is taking your bulky waste to the local landfill. This is a service that is offered by Waste Management. For more information about that service, please call Waste Management at 361-4200. We also have a recycling program that is running as usual. For more information, click here.