by: Scott McCaulley
With the potential for heavy rainfall in the Lakes Region due to the path of Tropical Storm Cristobal, the National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the entire Lakes Region in addition to a Flood Warning for part of the James River.
The Flash Flood Watch takes effect this afternoon and will remain in effect through Tuesday morning for all of the Lakes Region. The track of the Tropical Storm, which hit landfall in Louisiana, is expected to track through Arkansas today and begin to affect the Lakes Region by late this afternoon. 1-2 inches of rain with localized heavier amounts expected in the region already saturated with water. Flooding is possible in area Lakes, Creeks, and Rivers already at high levels.
In addition, the Weather Service has already issued a Flood Warning for the James River at Galena. Current forecasted rainfall for that area indicates the river could go above Flood Stage Wednesday morning causing minor flooding along the river at Galena and possible in nearby Railey Creek.
Updated information will be provided throughout the day on-air and online with the help of the National Weather Service, the Ozarks First Weather Lab, and Storm Dar Weather.