Halter, Hatcher Keep Heads Above Water


Halter, Hatcher Keep Heads Above Water
The Arkansas River swells over into Little Rock's Riverfront Park on June 2. (Lance Turner)

Bill Halter is rooting for the sun, and not just because his company is developing several solar power projects around the state.

The CEO of Scenic Hill Solar is also counting on Ol’ Sol to help dry out his Little Rock home, which at last report Thursday was filled with 7 feet of water from the swollen Arkansas and Little Maumelle rivers.

“It’s going to be at least a week before we can get back in there,” Halter said of his home in the Two Rivers area. He had sent family members to Texas to wait out the record flooding along the river, but the family was reunited last week, staying with Halter’s brother.

“We had time before the water came in to get the furniture up to higher ground,” he told Whispers. “So at least that’s a positive.”

A neighbor, insurance broker Greg Hatcher, CEO of the Hatcher Agency in downtown Little Rock, saw floodwaters swamp his horse farm along Pinnacle Valley Road, and nearly breach his home on slightly higher ground nearby.

“His house is almost flooded too,” daughter Haley Hatcher Weaver told Whispers. “It’s up to their steps and under the house. It’s gotten so bad out there.”

Hope was rising Thursday as the Arkansas River began receding and Hatcher’s inundated property appeared in a photo in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, with just the tops of white fences poking up through the surface.