Fort Smith

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As soon as the flood waters in the River Valley receded, volunteers started getting busy helping their neighbors take the first step toward recovery. Volunteers with Grand Avenue Baptist Church will spend the coming weeks emptying damaged homes. In some cases, the houses will be stripped down to the studs. Meanwhile, at the Volunteer Intake Center at Eastside Baptist Church, the United Way of Fort Smith Area will be connecting volunteers to projects across the city.

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Fort Smith City Administrator Carl Geffken wants to hear from organizations that are interested in providing animal sheltering and adoption services for the city after the City Board of Directors decided not to renew a contract with the HOPE Humane Society last month. Geffken has also been charged with devising an animal licensing ordinance, which proponents say other cities around the country have implemented to control their stray populations.

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The HOPE Humane Society animal shelter in Fort Smith is closing its doors come mid-July after the organization and the City of Fort Smith could not reach an agreement on a contract renewal for impoundment services. For a list of dogs still available for adoption, click here.

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The Arkansas Department of Health is reminding people to be mindful of the health risks associated with flood water and sewer overflows, which can contain bacteria and viruses. Officials have a list of basic precautions and cleaning tips for your home listed here.

Courtesy / Little Rock U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

While diverse wildlife which inhabit the Arkansas River Basin are adapted to flood events, experts say certain vulnerable species are being displaced and even killed by this year's major record flooding.

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