VIDEO: Flooding closes roads across NW Arkansas

Street flooding in Fayetteville on College Ave. near Sassy's Red House.
Street flooding in Fayetteville on College Ave. near Sassy's Red House.

— Flooding in Fayetteville has led the University of Arkansas to close at 3:30 p.m.

The university said Monday that the early closure was necessary because of the extra time it takes to navigate the city’s flooded streets.

The university’s bus system was affected by those delays.

University spokesman Steve Voorhies says there’s no flood damage to campus buildings.

The school intends to reopen on its regular schedule on Tuesday.

Elsewhere, roads to Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport were impassable because of flooding.

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

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Airport director Mark Mellinger said Monday the airport itself is open, but roads to the Benton County facility are covered with water. Mellinger tells Fayetteville television station KFSM that workers at the airport can’t leave until the water recedes.

Mellinger says the airport’s runway is built high enough so that it is not affected by flooding in the surrounding area. He says no flights have been canceled.