We had a wet spring in 2017, with multiple flooding events. Here in Democrat Hollow, we have some trees down and debris that washed down Democrat Creek to clean out, and we could use a load of clay and gravel to improve the driveway, but we are uphill from the worst flooding.
We feel lucky compared to our neighbors in the valley. For the second time in the last 5 years, flash flooding destroyed the lower section of Greg and Vicky Schneider’s vineyard at the Railway Winery. Fortunately, the tasting room and upper field escaped undamaged, and the bottling of native Arkansas wine continues. Other neighbors have been out repairing fences that were damaged, and the Highway Department has been working on sections of the road that were washed out.
The historic, one-lane Beaver Suspension Bridge was closed for about a month, cutting off easy access from local communities of Holiday Island and Eureka Springs, but it re-opened in late June.