County Judges: Ditches and drains holding up against Tropical Depression Barry

Published: Jul. 16, 2019 at 7:13 AM EDT
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - The remnants of Tropical Storm Barry will continue to move through Arkansas and Missouri over the next couple of days.

As of Monday afternoon, the storm had dumped 1-3″ of rain on Region 8, with an additional 2-3″ possible by Tuesday night.

The Jackson County Road Department was out Monday doing “preventative maintenance,” with crews clearing out beaver dams and ditches.

Steady rains Monday morning had already begun to flood roads throughout the area, including Craighead CR 402 of Highway 1 in South Jonesboro.

Meanwhile in Clay County, Corning weathered the storm well with little to no flooding issues.

Mayor Greg Ahrent said the city has been watching the ditches along the roads and will react if they get close to coming onto the road.

Lawrence County Judge John Thomison said they’d only gotten reports of 1-2″ inches of rain so far in the area. He has crews out checking ditches and pipes, but there have not been any reported issues.

Thomison said breaks in the rain helped keep the flooding at bay.

Walnut Ridge Mayor Charles Snapp said all the drainage work the city has done in the past five years paid off. The city has not seen any issues from Barry.

The Region 8 StormTeam expects showers to continue with some embedded thunderstorms.

“This storm energy combined with low-level shear could touch off a couple of spin-up tornadoes,” Good Morning Region 8 Meteorologist Bryan McCormick said.

In addition to heavy rainfall, Region 8 News Chief Meteorologist Ryan Vaughan said winds will increase on Monday with sustained winds at 20-25 mph and wind gusts at 30-40 mph.

According to an advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Depression Barry was expected to bring heavy winds to the region, as well as a possibility of 10 inches of rain in east Arkansas and the rest of the region.

Crittenden County Judge Woody Wheeless said in a Facebook post that the county road department on Highway 64 in Marion will be open Sunday and Monday for people to get sandbags.

REMINDER: The county shop will open at 9am this morning if you are needing sandbags. The shop will remain open as long...

Posted by Crittenden County Judge Woody Wheeless on Sunday, July 14, 2019

Crews worked Sunday to fill those sandbags for people in need.

Crittenden County Road Department assisting residents with sandbags. We are blessed with great employees and great citizens. Working to take care of each other.

Posted by Crittenden County Judge Woody Wheeless on Sunday, July 14, 2019

Vaughan, along with McCormick and Holder, will be watching the weather and providing live updates online and on-air.

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