Flooding Raises Arkansas Emergency Management Alert Level

May 25, 2015

Flash flooding in Wimberley, Texas, which washed out a bridge on Sunday. The same storm system is also impacting Arkansas.
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The seemingly never-ending rainfall and the rising water levels caused by it have gotten the attention of the state Department of Emergency Management.

 

Late last week, the department raised its level of preparedness from Level 4 to Level 3, which puts response teams on stand-by. 

With more rain in the forecast for most of the rest of the week, the Preparedness Level could go to Level 2, which would trigger the mobilization of those teams. 

ADEM spokesperson Krista Guthrie says 18 counties have declared emergencies since May 10, a first step for accessing ADEM assistance if they are overwhelmed by floods.

Many weather stations around west, southwest and central Arkansas report rainfall for May has exceeded the monthly norm by more than two inches with several days remaining in the month.