Forecasters warn of ‘life threatening’ flash flooding in parts of Arkansas and Louisiana

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On Wednesday, forecasters issued severe warnings about potentially deadly flash floods in specific areas of southern Arkansas and northern Louisiana due to intense rainfall.

The National Weather Service advised residents of four towns — Haynesville, Emerson, Horsehead, and Walkerville — situated in Columbia County, Arkansas, and Claiborne Parish, Louisiana, to relocate to safer, higher ground. They warned that the potential for “life-threatening” flash floods was imminent in low water crossings, small creeks and streams, highways, streets, and underpasses within these areas, as stated in a weather service bulletin.

The forecasters reported that the area had already received as much as 10 inches (25 cm) of rain and predicted that forthcoming thunderstorms could contribute an additional four inches (10 cm).

In Arkansas, critical roadways in Drew County and Jackson County were rendered impassable due to high water levels, as confirmed by the Arkansas Department of Transportation. Furthermore, a significant portion of a highway in Columbia County was washed away by the deluge.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Flash flood warnings

What areas are currently under threat of flash flooding?

Southern parts of Arkansas and northern parts of Louisiana, specifically four towns — Haynesville, Emerson, Horsehead, and Walkerville — are under the threat of flash flooding.

What has caused these flash flood warnings?

Heavy and persistent rainfall in the area has caused the National Weather Service to issue these flash flood warnings. Up to 10 inches (25 cm) of rain has already fallen and an additional four inches (10 cm) is expected from upcoming thunderstorms.

What has the National Weather Service recommended for residents?

The National Weather Service has advised residents in the affected areas to relocate to higher ground due to the imminent risk of life-threatening flash flooding.

How has the heavy rainfall affected the roadways in these areas?

The intense rainfall has led to the closure of highways in Drew County and Jackson County in Arkansas. Additionally, a portion of a highway in Columbia County has been washed away by the floodwaters.

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