Heavy rain, flooding continues in Northwest Arkansas

Greg Mills, left, a Bella Vista firefighter, points to flood damage to the Arkansas Highway 340 Bridge over Tanyard Creek shortly before it was closed to traffic in Bella Vista on Monday. The decision to close the bridge was made by the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department which sent crews to work on the bridge shortly after its closing. For more photos, visit <a href="http://photos.nwaonline.com">photos.nwaonline.com</a>.
Greg Mills, left, a Bella Vista firefighter, points to flood damage to the Arkansas Highway 340 Bridge over Tanyard Creek shortly before it was closed to traffic in Bella Vista on Monday. The decision to close the bridge was made by the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department which sent crews to work on the bridge shortly after its closing. For more photos, visit photos.nwaonline.com.





• About 9 p.m. Monday Arkansas State Police closed U.S. 412 west of Springdale between the two Illinois River bridges near Kincheloe Road. Officers stopped traffic in both eastbound and westbound lanes because of high water over the Interstate. The road will reopen when water recedes, an Arkansas State Police spokesman said.

• Gov. Beebe has declared a statewide state of emergency in response to the tornadoes and flooding.

• As of 8 p.m., divers were still in the water at the intersection of Harmon and Hamstring roads west of Fayetteville trying to determine if anyone had been in a car that was swept into a creek there.

• Heavy rain and flooding prompted Benton County Judge Bob Clinard to declare the county a disaster area today. “We have issued a verbal declaration and will be making a written declaration,” Clinard said. “We’ve got up to 40-some roads closed, three bridges washed out and multiple roads cut where water has washed over them and culverts have washed out.”

• A boil water notice has been issued for residents of Logan Cave Road in Siloam Springs between Reading and Turkey Ridge roads.

• Ten trailers were submerged at the Oak Glen Affordable Living Community in Johnson. Crews pulled several residents out.

• Thompson Street and Old Missouri Road in Springdale are open. Silent Grove and Pump Station roads still are closed.

• Evening classes at the NWACC sites in Benton and Washington counties are canceled.

• The county judge declares Benton County a disaster area.

• The Red Cross has opened a flood shelter at the Rogers Activity Center.

• Arkansas 59 is closed south of Siloam Springs.

• Crossroad Road is closed a mile north of Mission Boulevard.

• The Lowell Council chamber at 216 N. Lincoln St. is opening as a flood shelter.
















ROAD CLOSURES

Fayetteville • Township Street • Gregg • 15th Street • Johnson • Sycamore • Wedington • Porter Road • Leverett • Rebecca

Springdale • US Hwy 71B (Thompson Ave) is closed at the railroad underpass because of flooding. • The outside lanes of US Hwy 71B (Thompson Ave) in the area of Maple Avenue are closed. The inside lanes are open but drivers will still need to use extreme caution. • Silent Grove Road • Pump Station Road • Water is flowing over Old Missouri Road at Clear Creek in the southeast section of the city.

• The floodgates at Beaver Lake Dam were opened to 2 feet at 4 p.m. and were expected to be opened to 3 feet at nightfall.

• The Springdale Senior Center at 203 Park Street will be open tonight for anyone needing shelter. Phone is (479) 751-1521.

• The entrance to Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport is closed, authorities said.

• Veterans Park in Rogers is closed because of flooding.

• Prairie Grove schools are closed Tuesday because of flooding.

• A Red Cross shelter is opening at Central United Methodist in Fayetteville at 3:30 p.m.

Roads were nearly impassable near the college, as seen on Razorback Road and 6th Street in Fayetteville.

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• The University of Arkansas will close at 3:30 p.m. because of flooding on campus and surrounding areas, the student newspaper reported.

• Thompson Street in south Springdale was closed by 3 p.m. at the railroad overpass because of flooding.

• Ron Young, the director of transportation for the Rogers School District, said today bus drivers had been instructed not to cross any running water if they couldn’t see the bottom.

The department was taking calls this afternoon from parents concerned about whether buses could pass roads near their homes, he said.

“We’re going to plan on running the buses as normal and run everything we can,” he said

District officials will work with parents to make arrangements for students who can’t be trasported, he said.

• Washington County swift-water rescue teams were responding to potential emergencies at 2:25 p.m. in the Cave Springs and Prairie Grove areas.

• Rupple Road between Wedington and Mt. Comfort roads is closed because of flooding, authorities said.

• Expect lengthy delays in the Razorback Transit Bus Routes — Red, Blue and Tan, university officials reported. Some streets in the Fayetteville area are flooded. The Red, Blue and Tan route will be running behind schedule until the rain has subsided. Please contact Transit and Parking at (479) 575-7275 if you have question about the delayed transit schedule.

• Extreme weather conditions in the Bentonville area have created flooding at Lake Bella Vista Park and Trail and Wishing Springs Trail, according to a news release from the mayor's office.

• Water had crossed Arkansas 45 by 2 p.m. in the Cane Hill community between Lincoln and Prairie Grove in western Washington County.

• The Gentry Fire Department responded just before 2 p.m. to the potential water rescue of a woman and child on East Dawn Hill Road.

• The floodgates at Beaver Lake Dam were set to be open at 2 p.m., authorities said.

• The recovery of Bella Vista Village’s golf courses from heavy rain and flooding will be a slow process, the Property Owners Association’s golf maintenance manager said Monday.

“All of our golf courses have been affected by the storms and flooding that have occurred over the last 24 hours,” Casey Crittenden stated in a news release. “It’s difficult to determine the damage at this point. However, once the water rescinds we will be able to evaluate each course and what, if any, damage has occurred.”

Bella Vista Village’s valley courses — Berksdale, Kingswood and Bella Vista Country Club — are more likely to sustain damage due to their proximity to Sugar Creek. Branchwood Golf Course also has incurred some erosion damage from the small creek that runs along the edges of the fairways. Meanwhile, Dogwood Hills and Highlands golf courses will likely escape major damage, and the back nine of the Scotsdale Golf Course may be the least impacted area, Crittenden stated in the release.

• In Fayetteville, authorities closed Township Street and urged motorists to avoid Poplar Street and other low-lying areas.

• Arkansas 264 was closed by 1:25 p.m. at the entrance of Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport.

• Lt. Brandon Earley of the Bella Vista Fire Department said recreational vehicles camped at Blowing Springs were advised to leave the area at 1 a.m. Monday

“There were still people there this morning, but I don’t know if they left and returned or never left,” Earley said.

• City crews were ducking heavy rain and lightning today as they worked to take down a tree that took out power to the Rogers Historical Museum Annex at Second and Poplar streets.

The tree, located on the east lawn, apparently was struck by lightning. A large branch fell, knocking out power service.

The branch also damaged the power feed into the Rogers Morning News office next door to the annex.

The annex was closed while power was being restored.

• There were no reports of flooding in Rogers, although some streets were closed Sunday night when high water made them impassable, said Frankie Guyll, street superintendent.

• In eastern Benton County, War Eagle Mill is closed due to high water, and the mill’s phone line is out, according to their website.

• The War Eagle flooding is happening just a week before the start of the annual spring arts and crafts fairs. A newspaper photographer was unable to get to the mill. Water was rushing across Benton County 98 at Greers Lane.

• The Beaver Lake level at 10 a.m. was 1126.73, according to the Corps of Engineers website. Top of the power pool is 1120.4. The lake level was at 1119.26 at midnight Saturday night/Sunday morning. By 9 a.m. Sunday, the level was 1120.74, and it was 1122.59 by 6 p.m.

• Power was out in southwest Rogers at noon. The Rogers Police Department was without power, and the dispatch center was operated on battery power during the outage.

• The City of Bella Vista has closed Arkansas 340/Lancashire Boulevard from East Chelsea to Cooper Road due to flooding and bridge deterioration. For more information, call city hall at (479) 876-1255.