May 11, 2011 Edition

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Highways open again after flood

Tuesday brought reports of highways reopening, including Highway 67 between Walnut Ridge and Pocahontas, Highway 412 west of Walnut Ridge and Highway 25 between Black Rock and Powhatan.

As of Tuesday afternoon the only highway closing still reported in Lawrence County was Highway 228 at Clover Bend. Sherri Sparks of the Office of Emergency Management reported that in addition to flooding, there is damage to the highway.

"The road has washed out near the bridge on the Clover Bend end," she said. "The bridge is still there, but the road leading up to the bridge has washed out."

During the highway closings, local emergency officials, as well as wildlife officers with Arkansas Game and Fish, helped man roadblocks to prevent people from driving into floodwaters.

Six soldiers from the Arkansas National Guard were also in Lawrence County for two days providing security near flooded areas.

County roads receive damage

County Judge Dale Freeman said there are some county roads still closed, as well as others that have received major damage from flooding.

County Road 535 at Clover Bend and County Road 410 at Clear Lake are both closed. Freeman said County Road 525 between Minturn and Arbor Grove and County Road 329 and 349 at Lynn are open, but drivers should use caution.

"We are trying to hold off on working on the roads until FEMA comes on Friday to assess the damage," he said.

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