Randolph County Braces for More Flooding

POCAHONTAS, AR - Officials in Randolph County are warning residents, businesses and property owners along the Black River to prepare for more flooding in the coming days.

Recent flooding on the Black has already caused a levee to fail near Pocahontas, and this afternoon County Judge David Jansen issued the following statement...

"For the past couple of weeks, I have been in constant contact with the National Weather Service and Corps of Engineers.  During our conversation this morning, (Friday, April 4, 2008) I learned Black River is expected to rise another 1-and-a-half feet.  The National Weather Service is predicting Black River will crest at 23.5 feet on Monday, April 7 (2008).  As a result, floodwater is expected to come through the large breach in the levee system.

Although we are uncertain of the volume of water coming through, we are warning individuals downstream of this breach to take precautionary measures.  Please remember these numbers are only projections from the National Weather Service."

Last weekend, the Army's Corps of Engineers repaired the breach in the levee with a temporary mobile dam.  However, there are concerns that the structure may not be enough to hold back more rising waters.