MOUNTAIN VIEW, AR - Overnight storms brought widespread flooding to Arkansas, washing out highways and forcing some people from their homes. Two people are still missing today after their vehicles were swept away by flood waters.
By this morning, more than ten inches of rain had fallen on parts of northern Arkansas, the National Weather Service reported. A flash flood warning was in effect for northeast Arkansas, where four to six inches of rain had fallen by the morning with another inch in the forecast.
The Spring and Buffalo rivers are swollen and many county roads were impassable, and some schools were closed.
Weather service forecasters say the rains were expected to leave the state today.
In Stone County, a man is missing after rushing waters sent his vehicle off Arkansas 263 near Timbo. Sheriff Todd Hudspeth says searchers will resume work once the weather breaks. At West Fork in Washington County, rescuers searched for a man whose truck on Tuesday was swept from a low-water bridge. Clint Caudle, 48, of West Fork, is still missing today.
The Arkansas Highway & Transportation Dept. report closed state roads today in 16 counties, spanning from Crawford County to Randolph County.
Yesterday, parts of Baxter and Sharp counties were evacuated as flood waters rose, according to a spokesman with the Arkansas Dept. of Emergency Management.