By Trey Youngdahl
Mena residents were met with several days of off-and-on rain. Starting on May 17, the downpour continued through May 28. According to the National Weather Service, there was a total of 4.08 inches of rain, which is almost double the 2.18 inches observed last year.
The national average for this time of year is 2.54 inches, NWS personnel said.
The storm last week became hazardous when roads flooded and trees obstructed the roadways. On May 18, Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer said there were reports of trees down in several places including Ransom Road, Polk 93, and Polk 45. Though Memorial Day weekend was relatively clear, meteorologists predict that we will have more rain throughout the next two weeks.