Storms bring heavy rains to region

Flood watches and warnings issued for area
Published: Jan. 1, 2022 at 10:04 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 1, 2022 at 6:33 PM CST
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Heavy rains arrived in Region 8 as the New Year began as flood watches and flood warnings have been issued for counties and area rivers.

The weather moved into the area, dumping rain over a wide area with more expected Saturday afternoon.

There were also reports of heavy rains Saturday morning in several counties in Region 8.

Nearly four inches of rain was reported in Ravenden Saturday morning, while over three inches of rain fell northwest of Black Rock. Nearly five inches of rain fell southeast of Evening Shade and about three inches of rain fell in the Mountain View area, according to the National Weather Service.

The heavy rains caused highway officials to close a pair of area highways due to high water.

The heavy rains also brought a response from state emergency officials.

Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Yates said several county roads were underwater Saturday morning as the rains moved in.

Flood warnings issued for area rivers

The National Weather Service also issued a series of flood warnings for area rivers due to the rains.

The warnings were issued for the St. Francis River near St. Francis in Clay County through Tuesday evening, the Black River at Black Rock until further notice and the Black River at Pocahontas until Tuesday morning.

The St. Francis River at St. Francis is expected to rise to 23.5 feet Sunday evening, about a foot above flood stage.

The Black River at Black Rock is expected to see minor flooding over the next few days, the NWS said. The river is expected to rise above flood stage Saturday afternoon and will crest at 21.5 feet Monday morning.

At 20 feet, farmland is flooded as well as river banks in Lawrence, Independence and Jackson counties.

If the flooding happens, the crest would reach a nearly 32-year record along the river.

As for the Black River at Pocahontas, minor flooding is forecast with the river expected to be above flood stage late tonight and will crest Sunday at 18 feet, a foot above flood stage.

Winter weather, cold temperatures move into region

The rains are expected to give way Saturday evening to colder temperatures and the possibility of snow flurries and a winter mix Sunday morning.

One of the best ways to be aware of the weather is to follow the Region 8 StormTEAM:

- Watch the latest forecasts on KAIT-TV at 4:30-7 a.m., Midday at 11 a.m., News at 5, 6, and 10 p.m. on KAIT-ABC & KAIT-NBC. Newscasts are available over the air, on cable & satellite where available, on, on the Region 8 News mobile app for smartphones and tablets (to install or update the news app search KAIT in your mobile marketplace).

- OTT watch Region 8 News from any device by downloading the Region 8 News app, the Region 8 Weather app, the Region 8 News Roku channel, or on the Region 8 News on Amazon Firestick.

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