Rising Waters Plaguing Region 8 This Morning

HARDY, AR - Flooding is widespread throughout much of northeast Arkansas and southeast Missouri this morning, as severe thunderstorms yesterday brought heavy rains to the region, washing out roads and leading to some evacuations.

At least four people have been rescued from rising waters along the upper Spring River near Hardy since yesterday, where the river has risen to nearly 29 feet at last report.  All major roads and highways leading into the Sharp County town are underwater and have been temporarily closed.

At Norfork, Baxter County officials reported mudslides and that County Road 105 was underwater.  At Calico Rock, Izard County officials said low water bridges and some roads were flooded.  The White River was rising at a rate of one foot per hour and evacuations were underway near the river.  Low water bridges were flooded Tuesday at Mountain View and water several highways and roads throughout northeast and north-central Arkansas, as well as southeast Missouri, are temporarily closed.