Heavy rains cause flash flooding, leaving cars stranded

County Judge John Thomison said the downtown streets near the courthouse were the only area of...
County Judge John Thomison said the downtown streets near the courthouse were the only area of concern.(KAIT-TV)
Published: Jun. 21, 2021 at 11:15 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 21, 2021 at 9:44 PM CDT
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WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. (KAIT) - Heavy rains Monday morning caused flash flooding across much of Northeast Arkansas.

Flooding in Walnut Ridge

Heavy rains are causing flash flooding across Region 8, including Walnut Ridge. (NOTE: No audio)

Posted by Region 8 News on Monday, June 21, 2021

One of the hardest-hit areas was Walnut Ridge, where police shut down Main and Fourth Streets after at least two cars were stranded in high water.

A Walnut Ridge police officer said it was not the first time the intersection had flooded, but he said it was the deepest he had ever seen. No damages have been reported.

Officials said this isn’t the first time that the intersection has flooded, adding that the area has faced drainage issues.

Just down the road at Elm Street, Moni’s Grill Wanda Powers spent the majority of the afternoon cleaning the floors.

“In 20 years, we’ve been here 20 years, and this is a first that this has happened,” Powers said. “I’ve mopped and mopped and used towels and it just kept coming under the door... We’ve had our parking lot flood several times in the past but it’s never come under my doors and flooded the way it did today.”

Walnut Ridge officers said that they have only worked one minor accident today but they have not seen anything major.

Hoxie Mayor Dennis Coggins told Region 8 News no damage had been reported with the flooding.

Meteorologist Bryan McCormick said as much as 3 inches of rain had fallen with 1.5 hours.

By noon, the water had receded and Main Street was reopened to traffic.

Other parts of the area also received heavy rains, including Jonesboro and Paragould.

Chief Meteorologist Ryan Vaughan reported 2.15 inches of rain at his home in Paragould. Other places in town had received more than 3 inches, he said.

Like Walnut Ridge, the Greene County town saw its share of flooded streets:

In Jonesboro, Meteorologist Aaron Castleberry was reporting heavy rains off Highway 351 and warned motorists to beware of ponding on the roads.

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