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Bob Snell, K8 News

Severe Weather Leaves Extensive Flash Flooding

As strong storms continue to move across Region 8, residents along the Arkansas-Missouri border are dealing with rising rivers and wind damages Saturday.

10 inches of rain have been indicated in parts of Sharp and Randolph Counties.  Near Hardy, Spring River flooded RV parks and campgrounds, washing some completely away.  Rescuers found dozens of people hanging on trees, some for hours before successfully rescued.

Officials are requesting that all non-essential personnel avoid the areas where rescue operations remain underway.

Mandatory evacuations continue for anyone along the Spring River, Strawberry River, or their tributaries anywhere in Sharp County.  AR State 115 is closed at this time.

An apparent tornado last evening caused extensive damage in Ash Flat. Several homes have been damaged with some reports of minor injuries.

K8 News crews are pulling together reports from throughout Region 8 will have updates on News at Six and on NightBeat at 10.

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