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Carthage Water Crisis

Tuesday, July 30th around 9:00 p.m. a small town in Dallas County, roughly twenty minutes northwest of Fordyce lost its only source of water. The reality of losing your only source of water in the thick of the Arkansas summer is a true hardship for families.

But as often the case, this crisis also showed us the best of south Arkansas. It did not take the President of the United States or the Governor of Arkansas to declare an emergency for Arkansans all over to take action. Right after Walmart, communities such as Warren, Fordyce and other neighboring towns acted before the National Guard could even get involved. Families of all ethnicities and backgrounds took on the initiative and responsibility to respond to this crisis. Neighborhoods and churches from all walks of life provided aid and for the first time in a while, the community responded as one.

Since then, efforts from state leaders, counties and agencies have kept Carthage sustaining. On August 12th, 2019 a city council meeting was held and they approved an offer to start digging a new well. After discussing with Carthage Mayor Shawn Randall, he explained a few of his concerns about the process. He identified the city will owe a $230,000 loan for 30 years, they have put in a bid for an entire new system, and water restoration could still take anywhere from three to six months.

As local communities continue to send donations, prayers and support, I truly want to thank any and every one reading this for how we unified for a greater cause than any of our differences can create.

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