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Randolph Co. officials monitoring high Black River levels

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jansen is monitoring the river levels closely. The waterrose to 19.9 feet early Monday morning and is expected to crest Tuesdayafternoon at 20.5 feet, according to the National Oceanic and AtmosphericAdministration.

"We've got five rivers in Randolph County," Jansen said. "They'rea 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 awhile," Jansen said, "but the farmers – they'll dry out and then get back atit."

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

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

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

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