Judge: Black River to crest soon at Pocahontas

Judge: Black River to crest soon at Pocahontas
Robil Addition in Pocahontas (Source: @jfoster via Twitter)
Robil Addition in Pocahontas (Source: @jfoster via Twitter)

POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) - All eyes are on several rivers in Randolph County, and the Black River is getting "too close for comfort" at a critical stage.

According to Randolph County Judge David Jansen, several roads have been damaged and water getting close to homes in some parts of the county. Jansen said as long as the river does not get to 25 feet, his county should escape any additional flood damage.

He said he's not sure the extent of damage and will not know until the river recedes.

According to the National Weather Service, as of 3:00 p.m. Thursday, the river is at 24.47 feet. The expected crest is 24.5 feet. However, the projection is a bit higher than the forecast.

Jansen said the county's levee board is monitoring the levee system as well.

In Pocahontas, multiple crews are trying to keep water out of a subdivision that is all too familiar with flooding.

Pocahontas Street Superintendent Ben Wicker said several crews are trying to pump water out of the Robil Addition. So far the water has not made it into any homes but Wicker said several residents are "nervous" about the river.

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