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Flash flood reported in Arkansas; several residents rescued from homes

By Emma Pettit

This article was published April 11, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.


Hours of heavy rainfall culminated in a flash flood in southern Arkansas early Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Between 7 a.m. Monday to 7 a.m. Tuesday, nearly 5 inches of rain fell on De Queen in Sevier County, meteorologist Chris Nuttall said from the National Weather Service office in Shreveport, La.

The rainfall led to a flash flood in that area early Tuesday, Nuttall said. Peak flooding was between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m., he said.

Several Sevier County residents had to be rescued from their homes, Nuttall said. Parts of First Street, Tall Pines Road and Rockefeller Avenue near the county fairgrounds were flooded, and a stretch of Arkansas 41 between De Queen and Horatio had to be shut down, he said.

Nuttall did not have a count for the number of water rescues that had to be performed.

The rain has since subsided after the storm swept south down into Texas and Louisiana, Nuttall said.

Read Wednesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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