Sheriff’s department prepares back up plan for flooded roads

Poinsett Co. flooding problems

POINSETT COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - As several reports of roads under water flooded in Monday, people were having to find alternate routes.

But for law enforcement, when every second counts, one local sheriff's department was prepared before the rain hit.

On top of dealing with flooded roads and issues because of the rain, law enforcement still have to respond to their every day calls.

Poinsett County Sheriff Kevin Molder said it's all about getting prepared ahead of time.

When large amounts of rain are forecasted, the sheriff's department has extra deputies out patrolling and checking on road statuses.

And when a road has to be closed off, they already know the back up route.

"We immediately have a contingency plan," Sheriff Molder said. "Several roads we know typically flood, we will have a route around, deputies will know if that road is flooded to automatically reroute to take the alternate route to the call."

The purpose is to make sure they don’t lose a second in an emergency situation.

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