Bus drivers, others kept cool in Bald Knob flood

By MELISSA ARNOLD State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Bald Knob residents showed compassion and courage toward their neighbors during Friday's tragic events.

Last Friday the area was hit hard by flash floods, which caused two deaths, home destruction, tree uprooting and more.

Many Bald Knob residents tried to do whatever they could to help their neighbors and those passing through the community.

Franklin County school bus driver Dan Cook has been driving buses for 34 years and he said he has not seen the like of last week's disaster. A Bald Knob resident since he was 12, Cook has seen nothing worse than water over the road.

Cook only had two Bondurant students left on his bus by the time he got stranded by the heavy rain.

"When I got to Lebanon Road, I came up to Goose Creek at about 4:20 p.m., and I noticed the creek was up but nothing out of the ordinary," he said. "I went halfway up Goose Creek when I saw a 15- or 20-foot-tall wave of water coming (toward) us. I shot it in reverse just in time."

On his bus the water reached the second step, he said.

"I have driven through ice, snow and everything else, but nothing like this," Cook said. "It really shook me up. It was raining so hard that I couldn't see."

He said he didn't get home until 5:45 p.m. that day after being stuck for over an hour.

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