Flooding in NWA

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Flooding in NWA

Stuart Pawlik, West and Local News

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What’s going on?

First-responders with Central EMS and Farmington Fire Department evacuated residents of five homes in the Winslow and Brentwood areas, McConnell said. McConnell said it’s unclear how many people were at each of the homes during the time of the evacuations. 

West Fork police evacuated four adults and three dogs before 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 23. The adults were located at two separate residences near Riverside Park and Main Street, according to police.  Police have closed 121 Riverside and 129 Main St. in West Fork.

As rain continues in our area, McConnell said as a reminder, “Don’t drive around in caution cones, caution tape, and other barricades. Don’t pass other vehicles.” Wedington firefighters are also reminding everyone to stay safe. They said most areas in our region are experiencing flooded and washed-out roads, as well as downed trees. 

Northwest Arkansas residents are dealing with the aftermath of severe flash flooding that inundated the area on Sunday. Heavy rainfall forced road closures, flooded homes, and washed out at least two Northwest Arkansas roads completely.

Bellavista:

In Bella Vista, city officials advise drivers to avoid the intersection of Highland Road and Chelsea Road and plan for alternate routes for the foreseeable future due to a washed-out road. 

Please avoid the intersection of Highland Road and Chelsea Road and plan for an alternate route if this is part of your daily commute.

Springdale:

In Springdale, floodwaters washed out the road at the intersection of 56th Street and Wagon Wheel Road.

What can you do during a flood?

One of the biggest ways to protect yourself and your property is to prepare ahead of time. This includes:

  • Avoid building in a floodplain—an area especially prone to flooding during heavy rains.
  • If you do live in a floodplain, consider buying flood insurance to help with losses if, and when, a flood occurs.
  • Construct barriers (levees, beams, floodwalls) to stop floodwater from entering your home. Sandbags can provide a temporary levee in an emergency.
  • Seal walls in basements with waterproofing compounds to avoid seepage.
  • Pay attention to weather forecasts. When heavy rain or storms are forecasted, listen to the radio or television for information on flooding risk.
  • What’s worse—a flood watch or warning? A watch means flooding is possible. A warning means flooding is occurring or will occur soon.

What can floods do?

Failing to evacuate flooded areas, entering flood waters, or remaining after a flood has passed can result in injury or death. Flooding is a temporary overflow of water onto land that is normally dry. Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States. Floods may:

  • Result from rain, snow, coastal storms, storm surges, and overflows of dams and other water systems.
  • Develop slowly or quickly – Flash floods can come with no warning.
  • Cause outages, disrupt transportation, damage buildings, and create landslides.