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DIERKS, Ark. -  The city of Dierks suffered major flooding earlier this week when the aftermath of Hurricane Barry swept through Southwest Arkansas.

Not only was there damage to the city, farmers lost a lot of their cattle.

"My dad is 62 and he says he's never seen anything like this his whole life," said Justin Allen.

Allen and his family are cattle owners. He is talking about the storm that Hurricane Barry left behind.

"We've never seen water in a barn and water was this deep to me in my hay barn," Allen said.

During that storm, his family lost most of their cows, calves, bulls. That's because large waves of flood waters swept them away.

"We had 240, rough guesstimate, that disappeared down the river," he recalled.

He says the last few days have been restless as he, cowboys and other members of the community are helping to bring back their cattle. They've managed to return some of them back home.

"Seventy-eight cows here and 35 calves back of dad's," he said. "I think I've got all but maybe two or three of my brayford cows, but i'm still missing probably 10 calves."

Allen says their cattle is important because it keeps a roof over their heads.

"I make my payment once a year through farm credit with my cows," Allen said. "The majority of the stuff that wee have that is import that is our land and our house is paid for by the cows.

He says it's going to take several weeks to get everything back to normal.

"Everybody in the community is calling," he said. "I've got people that just call me and say 'hey, we've got some cows over here in our front yard. So everybody's really pulling together.'"

But he's glad he has the community's help to make it through.

Allen says since Governor Asa Hutchinson declared a State of Emergency, he's able to get insurance money for the cattle that did not survive.


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