Arkansas Weather

American Red Cross On Standby In Case Of More Flooding

Jun 18, 2015

In preparation for the remnants of Tropical Storm Bill, The American Red Cross says it has disaster teams staged around Arkansas to set up shelters and provide assistance if needed because of the storm.

Severe flood waters caused by heavy rains starting May 6 have begun to receed. However, the recent storm is still expected to bring a lot of rain, winds and the risk of tornadoes.

National Weather Service

Weather officials say isolated tornados are still possible in Arkansas and Oklahoma as Tropical Depression Bill moves north.

Meteorologist Brynn Kerr with the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center said Wednesday that there were no reports of tornados overnight. He says conditions are conducive for weaker tornados that typically form quickly, stay weak and last a short time.

Kerr said the bigger problem in Arkansas will likely be saturation from the expected rainfall.

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With water receding after recent floods, Arkansans are left with a mess to clean up.

High water inundated parts of the state, particularly along the Arkansas and Red rivers, after recent heavy rains. Farmers and ranchers were hit hard - to the point that the governor has asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture for help.

Governor Hutchinson Seeks Federal Help For Growers Impacted By Flooding

Jun 9, 2015
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GARLAND CITY, ARK. — Gov. Asa Hutchinson is preparing to ask for a federal disaster declaration for 37 Arkansas counties impacted by flooding.

On Tuesday, he toured damage along the Red River in the southwest corner of the state.

"Being able to fly over the flood area is about as eye-opening as you can imagine. It's much more informative really than being on the ground," Hutchinson told reporters at the foot of the U.S. Highway 82 bridge that crosses the Red River in Garland City. That bridge has been closed for more than a week, with water covering the roadway.

Communities in central and southwest Arkansas are preparing for more river flooding as record rainfall from Oklahoma makes its way downriver.

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management activated its emergency operations center Monday after high water reports.

Officials have helped evacuate people in Miller and Jefferson counties but no injuries have been reported.

The National Weather Service reports major flooding along the Arkansas River in northwest and central Arkansas and along the Red River near the Texas border.

Flood Waters

Some southwest Arkansas residents are leaving their homes ahead of expected flooding along the Red River.

Miller County Emergency Management Deputy Director Terry Purvis said Sunday that residents in Garland City were leaving as the river rises about an inch-and-a-half per hour. The town of about 250 residents is about 20 miles south of Texarkana.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning until further notice for areas along the river as the U.S. Corps of Engineers releases water from flooded lakes and reservoirs upstream in Oklahoma.

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Entergy Arkansas

As of mid-afternoon Tuesday, 9,000 Arkansans were still without power after strong winds brought down trees and power lines throughout the state.

At its peak late Monday, more than 29,000 Entergy Arkansas customers were without power. Spokeswoman Sally Graham says all electricity should be restored by Wednesday night.

Meanwhile, levels on the Arkansas River are expected to continuing rising throughout the week, as water from heavy rainfall makes its way down the river.

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Thousands of Arkansans were left without power after strong winds and thunderstorms swept through the state.

Entergy Arkansas reported statewide outages Monday morning but the hardest hit areas were in western and central Arkansas.

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for much of the state, which is still swollen from a series of May showers. The service says there is a chance of thunderstorms every day this week.

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The seemingly never-ending rainfall and the rising water levels caused by it have gotten the attention of the state Department of Emergency Management.

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  Barge and small boat traffic remains closed on portions of the Arkansas River as authorities wait for water from heavy rainfall earlier this week to recede.

The river flooded onto park land Wednesday morning near Pine Bluff after the water rose over 42 feet. National Weather Service officials estimate more than 9 inches of rain fell in Fort Smith between Friday and Monday, contributing to minor flooding inside the river's levee system.