Heavy Rain Causes Problems on Highways, Other Storm Damage

by: Scott McCaulley (UPDATE 10:00 Saturday Morning)

Several roadways in the Lakes Region had water rise quickly due to heavy rain that moved through on Friday night.

Law Enforcement reports to the National Weather Service that a Water Rescue was needed in Taney County on Highway J at Trigger Creek while in Stone County, a vehicle was reported to have been swept away due to flood waters north of Hurley. Both occupants were able to get out of the vehicle.

Other Flash Flooding reports from the region include in Taney County, the Brushy Creek area along Highway 125 south of Bradleyville and in Stone County Spring Creek at Highway CC south of Hurley.  Highway CC is currently closed due to that Flooding.

Reports from Barry County indicates several vehicles were stranded and some streets closed in the Cassville area as well as Street Flooding near Highway 60 in Monett and flooding near the City Park in Wheaton, and Flash Flooding at Capps Creek along Highway 97. County Highways C, U, and Y are currently closed due to Flooding.

In Douglas County, a report of flooding around Cowskin Creek west of Ava made the road impassable roadway. Other Flash Flooding was reported at North Fork River along with Bryant and Hunter Creeks.

In Ozark County, Highway T at Possum Walk Creek was closed due to Flash Flooding.

Other storm reports posted before Midnight Friday dealt with Hail, including quarter inch hail reported in the Hurley area.

A report posted Saturday Morning from Ozark County reported a roof to a store along Highway 5 near the Missouri/Arkansas Boarder was damaged by strong Thunderstorm Winds.

Meanwhile in Arkansas, no major roads are reported closed due to High Water but the Newton County Sheriff’s Department tells KTLO in Mountain Home there may be some back roads and low water crossings that are impassible.

KTLO also reports several downed trees and power lines in Marion, Ozark, Searcy, Boone and Newton counties, and several power outages are in effect. North Arkansas Electric Cooperative is reporting 87 customers without power in Baxter County and 34 in Fulton County. Entergy Arkansas has 482 outages reported in Marion County, one in Fulton County, 51 in Izard County, 10 in Searcy County, 154 in Stone County, 25 in Boone County and 20 in Newton County.

There was also a report of residential structure damage to a residence on Arkansas Highway 27 south of Marshall in Searcy County. According to Little Rock television station KLRT, the report came from the Van Buren County Office of Emergency Management, but no injuries were reported.


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