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More flooding reported in Scott County

Warnings in effect in different parts of state

By Arkansas Online

This article was originally published June 1, 2013 at 10:24 a.m. Updated June 1, 2013 at 2:09 p.m.

Flooding problems are continuing Saturday in Scott County, where heavy rain has caused more difficulties a day after floods killed at least two people and left three others missing.

Scott County is one of more than a dozen counties with a flash flood warning in effect for all or part of their area Saturday afternoon.

Scott County Sheriff Cody Carpenter and a woman were killed Friday in the floodwaters. A search effort is still under way to locate at least three others, including a wildlife officer who had been with Carpenter trying to rescue flood victims in Y City.

The weather service said Saturday that heavy rainfall has ended in the area, but runoff issues will keep flooding issues a concern. One to three inches of rain fell in the area Friday night into Saturday, coming on the heels of four to six inches that fell Thursday.

"Numerous county roads remain flooded," the weather service said in a statement, noting Arkansas 28 is closed in multiple locations between Arkansas 71 and the Yell County line. "Numerous low water crossings are flooded and will likely remain that way for some time."

The agency said motorists should use "extreme caution" if they have to travel in Scott County.

"Do not drive through areas where water covers the roadway," the statement said. "It will likely be too deep to allow for safe passage."

An areal flood warning is in place for Scott County through midnight.

Elsewhere, flash flood warnings remained in effect through 4:30 p.m. for Clark, Hot Spring and Pike counties. A separate flash flood warning was in effect through 5 p.m. for Garland, Montgomery, Polk, Pulaski and Saline counties.

Flood warnings are in effect for the Cache River near Patterson, the White River at Augusta and the Black River at Black Rock.

Problems were being reported in several spots across the state.

At 4:18 p.m., the weather service said it received a report from authorities in Montgomery County that high water at the Albert Pike Campgrounds had "stranded a few people." The water was said to be 2 feet above low water crossings.

Shortly after 2 p.m., authorities in Caddo Gab in Montgomery County reported to the weather service that a person was trapped in a vehicle in flood waters on Manfred Road.

A weather service employee in Oden in Montgomery County reported flash flooding was occurring there Saturday morning and some streets were blocked off. At least one home there was destroyed by an apparent tornado Thursday night and a flash flood early Friday caused additional damage. One home in Oden was ripped from its foundation and sent into a wooded area by the rapidly rising waters.

Arkansas 88 in Sims in Montgomery County, meanwhile, was reported to be under water and closed shortly after 10 a.m.

County Road 230 northeast of Augusta in Woodruff County was shut by high water and authorities in Polk County reported several roads closed due to high water.

Portions of the Maumelle Country Club golf course were also said to be flooded, the weather service reported.


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