By Jeri Borst
Weather warnings have flooded the area for the past week and continue for the coming days.
Tropical storms dropped several inches of rain last week as hurricane Laura hit the Louisiana/Arkansas line, which saturated the ground locally causing some flooding, although not as dire as originally predicted thanks to Laura turning east sooner than predicted.
Precipitation continued to fall with National Weather Service records showing 5 inches in an hour on Saturday.
Continued showers inundated creeks and caused the closure of schools Tuesday morning as roads became impassable mid-morning.
“As all of you already know, we have had an abundance of rain produced by frequent storms over the last several days. Unfortunately, large amounts are forecast for the next few days,” County Judge Brandon Ellison said.
“Many of our roads and bridges have taken severe damage. It is futile to attempt to repair many of these while new flooding is imminent. For the next few days our focus will be to monitor and keep the dead end roads and at least one way open on other routes. Other roads and bridges may require closure until the weather improves.”
Please report impassable roads to 479-394-8132 or 394-8133.
The National Weather Service has issued Hazardous Weather Warnings for Wednesday through Monday.
Scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms will continue on Wednesday, especially in northern and western sections of the state. One to more than two inches of rain could occur in the north and west. Additional flash flooding is possible, especially in portions of the Ouachita Mountains where the ground is nearly saturated.
Precipitation will build to the south on Thursday, and will not tend to be as widespread and heavy. Drier air will arrive from the north on Friday, with rain mostly ending through the weekend.
Wednesday’s forecast includes showers and thunderstorms and chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.
Showers and thunderstorms are likely to continue Thursday with a chance of precipitation of 60%.
Friday holds a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms, but may bring some sun through a partly cloudy sky.
Saturday and Sunday are forecast to be mostly sunny, while Labor Day holds a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms, and mostly sunny, with a high near 79.
Photo courtesy of Colby Miles
A creek spills out of its banks and over General Lee Bridge on Polk Road 301 in Cherry Hill Tuesday morning during a Flash Flood Warning.