Update: Black River Flooding Closes More Pocahontas Roads

RANDOLPH COUNTY, Ark.(KARK) - There are more road closures to report as floodwaters continue to rise along the Black River.

KAIT Region 8 News in Jonesboro reports that in Pocahontas, Highway 67/62 between the city and Corning is closed.

In addition, Highway 166 section 1 north of Pocahontas is closed, as well as Highway 304 southeast of the city.

KAIT reports water has already reached Highway 67 near El Acapulco and McDonald's. On Monday, the floodwaters were expected to rise about two inches per hour.

Click here to check Arkansas road closures.

Original story:

POCAHONTAS, Ark. - Floodwaters are rising in northeast Arkansas after this weekend's heavy rainfall.

In Pocahontas on Monday morning, Mayor Kary Story ordered an evacuation of the city's east side, specifically in the Robil Addition.

A check of the idriveArkansas.com website Monday afternoon showed heavy traffic leading out of town. Monday afternoon, a transportation official said Highway 67/62 between Pocahontas and Corning was being shutdown. Click here for more from KAIT Region 8 News in Jonesboro.

Pocahontas city officials are setting up shelters for residents evacuating away from the rising floodwaters. Click here for more from KAIT.

There are also flooding concerns to the south of Randolph County, where Imboden Live reports via Facebook that Lawrence County Judge John Thomison has advised due to the rising flood waters there that citizens need to be aware that if you were affected by the 2011 flood that waters are predicted to rise higher during this incident. Residents are urged to make arrangements within the next 24 hours to move to safety.

Early Monday afternoon, the Black River in Pocahontas was at 23.8 feet. Flood stage is 17 feet. It will crest Friday at a record 29.5 feet. The last record was set in 2011 at 28.5 feet.

Visit idriveArkansas.com for the latest on road closings.

Additional details from Monday afternoon news conference in Pocahontas and Mayor Kary Story:

  • Mandatory evacuation of the Robil Addition in East Pocahontas
  • Arkansas State Police is bringing their command center to help police
  • Once the river gets to 28.5 feet it will top over the levy and they predict the levy will breach in some areas
  • The governor has already pre-declared a disaster for the city
  • Local police, county sheriff, game and fish, state police, and national guard are helping with all this including the evacuation
  • They are setting up three shelters for people being evacuated. They said “at the old hospital, the old nursing home, and the community center.”
  • Updates will be available on cityofpocahontas.com

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