Corps of Engineers to Install Portable Dams on Black River Today

POCAHONTAS, AR - Trucks dumped rocks over a flooded northeast Arkansas road this morning as workers tried to build a path through the water to install a portable dam that could hold back the swollen Black River in Randolph County.

Randolph County Judge David Jansen says the waters had begun to recede slightly from last week's storms and flooding, but heavy rains predicted for the coming days could cause even more damage.

Corps spokesman P.J. Spaul says the 1,000-feet of portable dam would be a temporary measure at Pocahontas and for the rest of Randolph County.  Water began rushing through two gaps in a neglected 60-year-old levee last week on the Black, a tributary to the White River.

With more rain in the forecast this weekend, the National Weather Service issued a flood warning this morning for Randolph and Lawrence counties, to continue into Saturday morning.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)