December 07, 2011 Edition

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Slow moving front
dumps rain in county

A slow moving front dropped heavy rain over Northeast Arkansas over the past four days. Rain began falling Saturday evening and continued Sunday with slightly over two inches recorded in Walnut Ridge by midnight on Sunday with similar amounts reported in other areas of Lawrence County.

The ground, already saturated from late November rains, was unable to absorb the additional moisture and low lying areas and land with poor drainage quickly became submerged under standing water.

The National Weather Service reported that an excess of three inches of rain had fallen in most of the area by Monday causing minor flooding in creeks and rivers in Lawrence County.

Black River was reported to be at 19.8 feet by 6 p.m. Monday night and had risen to 21.2 feet by 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Minor flooding was reported along the banks of the river and in low-lying areas in Black Rock and Powhatan.

A section of highways 115 and 117 in Jesup was closed on Tuesday due to high water.

Light rain was predicted to continue to fall throughout the day on Tuesday and as temperatures were expected to drop during the evening hours a slight chance of freezing drizzle and snow was in the forecast. The front is expected to move out by this afternoon with highs in the low 40s predicted for most of the area.

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