Flood warnings for Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri
Heavy rains and flooding are forecast to continue in eastern Oklahoma, Arkansas, and western Missouri, says the National Weather Service.
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In northern Arkansas, flash flooding is predicted in Clinton, Mountain Home and Heber Springs. Forecasters warn that the valleys in the Ozark Mountains are dangerous during periods of heavy rain. Forecasters also warn of flash flooding in northwest Arkansas.Skip to next paragraph
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In southern Arkansas, a flash flooding warning was issued for the Huttig area in eastern Union County.
The heavy rains took out a bridge southeast of Oklahoma City. But a group of residents left cut off by the washed out bridge are getting help from people they don't even know.
A handful of contractors showed up Tuesday with bulldozers, backhoes and dump trucks to help move the mud and divert a creek that flooded and loosened the dirt and gravel surrounding the span. They told the Associated Press that they're hoping to have the structure rebuilt in the next few days.
The bridge is on private property and owned by a homeowners association. By law it can't be maintained by Oklahoma City or Cleveland County. The association doesn't have enough money to pay for the repairs.
Association member Brenda Rickman says once the bridge is patched, the association will look for ways to finance a permanent fix.
The slow, strong storms are also slogging through Louisiana, making a major mess from the Arkansas border south to the Gulf of Mexico.
Heavy rains closed at least a dozen school systems Wednesday in the west and Cajun country. On the coast, days of strong southerly winds ahead of the storms prompted flood warnings and halted vessel traffic in some waterways. Heavy rain was expected to spread east into the Baton Rouge and New Orleans metro areas Wednesday.
Roger Erickson of the National Weather Service says up to a foot of rain fell by late Tuesday in a narrow strip of western Calcasieu and Beauregard parishes. High winds downed power lines and trees Tuesday from Union Parish in north-central Louisiana to Calcasieu Parish in the southwest.