Storms Bring Down Trees, Cause Flooding In Arkansas

May 9, 2014

A mobile home that was knocked off its foundation near Russellville.
Credit KARK-TV

Cleanup is underway after storms moved through Arkansas Thursday night, bringing down trees and causing scattered power outages.

The National Weather Service is investigating whether a weak tornado touched down in the western part of the state.

“There was a mobile home in the Russellville area in Pope County that received some damage due to some high winds,” said Kathy Wright, spokeswoman for the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management. There were no reports of injuries.

Officials say a relentless downpour brought 5.6 inches of rain in a four-hour period to part of southwest Arkansas, with a daily total of more than 7 inches. That caused creeks and streams to overflow.

“Flooding was the bigger issue in the Mena area. They did conduct three water rescues. We were notified they were successful rescues and we are getting reports now that the water is starting to recede,” Wright said.

Forecasters say there is a chance Arkansas – especially eastern parts of the state – could see more severe weather Friday, with damaging winds and large hail possible. Another front bringing showers and thunderstorms is expected to move through Arkansas on Monday or Tuesday.