BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) - The Batesville Police Department and Fire Department had to help residents evacuate from their homes Monday after they were surrounded by floodwater.
There were two homes that were evacuated on Elsie Street, which flooded when water spilled out of the Polk Bayou after several days of heavy rain.
According to Captain Mark McCollum with the Batesville Fire Department, a neighbor called police when they noticed an elderly couple trying to float to dry land on an air mattress.
Officers responded with a boat and helped the elderly couple and a group of about five children out of their homes.
Nobody was injured and the floodwater had not made it inside the homes yet.
There are several areas flooded in Batesville.
McCollum said Highway 37 is closed and the highway department may have to shut down Highway 14 at Oil Trough if the water continues to rise.
The City of Batesville Christmas Tour of Lights is also closing early.
They put on their Facebook page that they had to pull the light displays from the rising water spilling out of the White River.
The White River at Batesville is currently at 22.15 feet. It is expected to crest at 24.5 feet by tomorrow afternoon.
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