Flooded and Destroyed Streets in Randolph County

September 25, 2006 -- Posted at 10:51 p.m. CDT

RANDOLPH COUNTY, AR -- Flooded roads are a big problem all throughout Region 8 right now, but for some areas the flooding has caused some very significant damage.

"The damage is here.  It's not hard to find.  No matter where you look, the damage is here," said Randolph County Judge David Jansen.

Judge David Jansen spent a lot of the day on Monday looking at the damage left behind by the weekend flooding.

"We do have a lot more damage than I originally thought on Saturday morning.  It seems like we have more and more," said Jansen.

One of the most damaged areas is a small bridge crossing part of the Fourche River.  The crossing is now completely gone.  The water rose so quickly that residents of two homes had to be rescued.

On Monday the county brought steel beams in to build a make-shift bridge over the road.

The county has been working non-stop to repair some of the damage since the flooding began.

"The road situation is getting better.  The county judge is doing an excellent job getting them back open.  I think there's still a few in the northern part of the county that they're working on," said Pocahontas Fire Chief Scott Baltz.

Judge Jansen said that by Tuesday 95% of the county's roads will be re-opened.

Even after the roads are open, it will still take a long time to clean up the destruction left behind.

"We could exceed $1,000,000 and it's going to get into the multi-million dollars when you get into the individual assessments," said Jansen.

Roads affected by the flooding include:

Washington Road which is completely closed down, parts of state highway 166 are still covered by water, Warm Springs Road is under water, and the bridge leading to James Creek is destroyed and all the roads are closed there.

Governor Huckabee plans to sign a disaster declaration on Tuesday for Clay, Fulton, Izard, Lawrence, Randolph, and Sharp counties.