Rush of rainwater floods areas of Northeast AR

Rush of rainwater floods areas of Northeast AR

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (WMC) - Rising floodwaters forced some schools to close in Arkansas.

Blytheville and Trumann Schools are closed Tuesday because of flooding in the area.

Trumann even let out early Monday after many roads became covered with water.

The Trumann area received almost four inches of rain in 24 hours. The Blytheville area had nearly two inches in that time.

Parents in Trumann were surprised to hear school was closing because of rain.

"I was just shocked," Krystal Brown said. "I was like, 'I don't understand it.' And I had to call the school and make sure she was for real."

The superintendent said when she arrived Monday morning, water had already started creeping onto the roadway, and toilets at the campus were gurgling.

She said this is the first time flooding forced schools to close since she's been in that position--a total of eight years.

Meanwhile, officials have once again closed the Arkansas side of Big River Crossing until further notice.

Emergency officials are urging drivers to be careful if they have to go out today as water remains on the roads--several of which are closed.

"Several roads we know typically flood, we will have a route around," Poinsett County Sheriff Kevin Molder said. "Deputies will know if that road is flooded to automatically reroute to take the alternate route to the call."

Law enforcement officials said planning is important so they don’t lose a second in an emergency.

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