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Payneway battles floodwater after rains

The Poinsett County Road department was busy trying to prevent waters from rising in Payneway...
The Poinsett County Road department was busy trying to prevent waters from rising in Payneway Sunday afternoon.
Updated: Feb. 25, 2019 at 5:30 AM CST
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PAYNEWAY, AR (KAIT) - With all of the rain recently, several in Region 8 have been dealing with flooding issues.

The Poinsett County Road Department was busy Sunday afternoon trying to prevent waters from rising in Payneway.

The area experienced serious flooding in 2011 because of river flooding- but County Judge Bob Cantrell said this is a different issue.

The rainwater from other counties runs to the area and is bottle-necked because it can’t leave as quickly as it comes in, causing the water to build up and come back to the Payneway area.

Judge Cantrell said crews have been working proactively to keep the flooding from getting worse.

“What we’re trying to do now is to build up the levees around as many houses as we can and try to keep the water away from them,” said Cantrell.

Crews were also sandbagging and stopping up culverts and drainage pipes to keep more water from coming in.

Judge Cantrell said it could take as long as 10 days before they see the water actually recede, but for now, they haven’t seen the levels rise any higher.

Residents can call the Poinsett County Judge’s office if they need to get in contact with Judge Cantrell.

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