Flood Watch & Warning issued for much of Region 8 through Monday

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Much of the Mid-South is under a Flood Watch or Flash Flood Watch Sunday through late Monday night.  As much as eight inches of rain could fall during that time period over the area.

A weather system moved into the area Sunday morning and will not move out until Tuesday.  The National Weather Service says flooding will be possible for small creeks and streams as well as low lying areas where there is poor drainage.  Many low, secondary roads could be under water.

The weather service is also monitoring river and lake levels across Arkansas, southern Missouri, and western Tennessee as the rain pushes the levels up.  Four to six inches of rain will be common across the Mid-South with isolated higher amounts up to eight inches possible.  

Some cities in Arkansas saw record rainfall in November and the ground is already saturated.  That means most, if not all of what falls, will be runoff and increase the chances of flash flooding.  Flash floods are most likely to occur in the mountainous or hilly areas.  

Drive safely when the roads are wet and small puddles of water could cause hydroplaning.  Do not drive into areas where water covers the roadway.  It only takes six inches of fast moving water to push a car off the roadway.  

Monitor KAIT-TV, www.kait8.com on your computer or smart phone for the latest information.  Download the Region 8 Storm Team app from iTunes or The Market to track the rain.

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