Randolph County judge declares disaster from flooding

Randolph County judge declares disaster from flooding
Spring River at Imboden
Spring River at Imboden

POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) - Due to so much flooding in the county, one judge is sending paperwork to Little Rock to officially declare a disaster.

Randolph County Judge David Jansen told Region 8 News that he has declared the county a disaster due to the flooding of several rivers.

The Black River at Pocahontas is expected to crest at 23 feet by Thursday. The Eleven Point River at Ravenden is expected to crest at 20 feet by Wednesday. Both are in moderate flood stage according to the National Weather Service.

Jansen said several county roads are "taking a beating" from the high water.

Water from the Current River in southeast Missouri came into Randolph County earlier Tuesday morning. With already high levels in the Black River downstream, water levels are rising rapidly.

Jansen said a bridge was also damaged near Maynard.

Even though Jansen issued a disaster declaration, he is unsure of the extent of damage. Jansen said he issued the proclamation as a precaution.

Allison Munn is in Randolph County and will have more details about the flooding tonight on Region 8 News at 6 and 10.

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