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Randolph Co. officials monitoring high Black River levels

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POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) – People living along the Black River are hoping there's sunshine in the forecast.

That's because all the rain recently has caused the river to rise even higher, creating minor flooding.

The water has now gone over the banks and crept into campgrounds and parks in Pocahontas, which has left some on edge.

"When it comes that rain, you wonder is it going to happen again?" Nina Kazzee said.

A rainy forecast still makes Kazzee uneasy since the Black River rose to a record level two years ago.

"Anybody that's [gone] through a flood could kind of understand what I'm talking about," she said, "because it is bad."

Kazzee still lives in the Robil Addition, which saw some of the worst damage during the flood in Pocahontas in 2011. The water back then crept into her neighborhood from the farmland nearby, and the fields began filling up once again several days ago.

"All of our citizens that deal with the flood around their homes or businesses, they're paying attention – and rightfully so," Randolph County Judge David Jansen said. "They need to pay attention."

Jansen is monitoring the river levels closely. The water rose to 19.9 feet early Monday morning and is expected to crest Tuesday afternoon at 20.5 feet, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

"We've got five rivers in Randolph County," Jansen said. "They're a blessing until they get too much water in them, and they're a nightmare."

The levels right now have only resulted in minor flooding, which he says has mostly affected farmland.

"A lot of it is farming, and that's going to put them back a while," Jansen said, "but the farmers – they'll dry out and then get back at it."

What he now hopes is for the forecast to contain some dry weather, as does Kazzee.

"I hope we see more sunshine," she said. "The sunshine's good for everybody."

To monitor the Black River levels and flooding stages, visit NOAA's Web site by clicking here.

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