In May, The Arkansas River Valley experienced historic flooding. Excessive rains in the Oklahoma basin of the river forced the United States Corp of Engineers to release unprecedented volumes of water down the Arkansas.
Of the many properties affected was Blue Rock Sportsman’s Club in North Little Rock, sitting on the north shore of the river. The floodwaters remained on the site for weeks and devastated the facility. The nonprofit club suffered hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage, including a total loss of its clubhouse, access road and target storage facilities.
Many Arkansas SCI members assisted in the cleanup and reconstruction of the club over the summer months. Members gave time, equipment and cash donations to help the facility recover and start throwing targets again. Arkansas SCI enjoys a close relationship with Blue Rock and has hosted a number of member and youth shooting events there over the years.
Arkansas SCI board members also elected to donate new park benches for each of the six trap fields. The benches were delivered to Blue Rock during its annual membership meeting in October and will replace older wooden benches that were damaged or simply washed away in the flood.