Flood Conditions Continue Across Region

Monday, May 1, 2017

Record rainfall across much of the region has led to widespread flooding as the month of May begins. As of Monday afternoon the St. Francis River continued to rise and was expected to crest sometime Thursday at St. Francis.

Flooding along the Black and Current Rivers also forced officials to close U.S. Highway 67/62 at Pocahontas and between there and Corning, cutting-off the major route between Little Rock and St. Louis.

A levee breach at Poplar Bluff gave some relief to parts of Clay County, but the Current River has caused many issues and is being blamed for washing out the bridge on Highway 160 at Doniphan.

Engineers at Wappapello have been releasing water, although the lake pushed over the spillway on Monday. Luckily, the new levee system around the town of St. Francis is expected to contain the additional runoff.

According to Clay County Judge Mike Patterson, Highway 211 and Highway 328 are both closed and the residents of the Success area have been evacuated. He also reported the National Guard is on standby, and the Red Cross will be setting up at the Corning Community Center. The center will also serve as the basis of operations for the flood response.

Additional details may be found in the upcoming print and online edition of the CCTD.

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