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Downpour causes flooding in western Arkansas

By The Associated Press

This article was published May 9, 2014 at 7:01 a.m.

MENA — No injuries or deaths have been reported after more than a half-foot of rain inundated western Arkansas in a 24-hour period.

The National Weather Service says Mena received 5.68 inches of rain in a four-hour period Thursday with a daily total of more than 7 inches. The weather service said the relentless downpour caused creeks and streams to overflow and flooding over roads.

Several people had to be rescued from the high waters, and flash flood emergencies were issued until the rainfall ended Thursday night.

The weather service said a weak tornado may have touched down southwest of Russellville. Trees were uprooted and at least one mobile home was flipped over.

Arkansas is at a slight risk for severe weather Friday with strong winds and large hail the biggest threat.

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