Emergency Management Officials Assessing Flood Damage Across State

APRIL 26, 2004 - Posted at 2:29 p.m. CDT, updated at 2:37 p.m.

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Torrential rains and severe weather in the past four days have impacted most of Region 8 and Arkansas.  According to a statement released this afternoon by the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, "We have major flooding and damages."

ADEM says disaster declarations have been filed in Baxter, Independence, Izard and Jackson counties.  The agency says parts of County Road 1 in Baxter County have fallen into the White River.  Three homes in Baxter County have also been damaged in the Norfork area, while in Izard County, as many as 22 have sustained damage, some heavily damaged.  Nine of the damaged homes in Izard County are in the Guion area, and four are households without flood insurance.  A statewide disaster declaration yesterday by Governor Huckabee in Baxter, Boone, Crawford, Franklin, Madison, Marion and Washington counties.

Damage assessments for Jackson County are not yet complete, as many highways and roads there remain under water, primarily from the spillover of the White and Cache Rivers.  Some schools in Jackson County were closed today due to the flooding.

Meanwhile, weekend flooding in northwest Arkansas led to two drownings in Crawford and Madison counties.