March 26, 2008 Edition

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Flooding continues to
cause problems in county

Britt Whitlow (front) and Joey Richmond row out of flood waters after dropping a Black Rock resident off at his home. Heavy rains on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week and then the ensuing rise of the rivers caused flooding problems throughout Lawrence County.
Submitted Photo ~ Lana Richey

Lawrence County is slowly recovering from a deluge of water that poured down the Spring and Black rivers following record setting rainfall on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week.

Over a foot of rain was reported in Southeast Missouri on March 11, which translated into swollen rivers.

Lawrence County, saturated from Tuesday's downpour, was already feeling the effects of too much water before the additional flooding from the two rivers.

Area roads and highways were closed due to flooding and many of them may remain closed for a while.

According to Lawrence County Judge Alex Latham many of the county's rural roads are still under water. Highway 412 between Walnut Ridge and Portia is still closed, as well.

Portia VFD adds truck to fleet

The Portia Volunteer Fire Department is able to serve the community better thanks to the addition of a third pumper truck to the fleet, which will serve as the new main engine.

LHS adds equipment at nursing home

The Board of Governors of Lawrence Health Services were informed of new equipment purchases for Lawrence Hall Nursing Center at Monday night's meeting.

Downtown Network
application finalized

An application for Walnut Ridge to participate in the Arkansas Downtown Network was mailed to Main Street Arkansas on March 18, according to Lorra Whitmire, who is heading up the committee working on the project.

Minturn approved
for ANRC grant

The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (ANRC) announced approval of a grant, not to exceed $60,000, from the Water, Sewer and Solid Waste fund to the town of Minturn, according to Commission Chairman David Feilke.

Communities unite
in response to flood

Flooding in Lawrence County has slowly begun to recede but the effects of it are going to be around for a while. Many county residents had firsthand experience with just how frightening nature can be.

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