Arkansas Weather

Titus Little Rock Police Dog
Little Rock PD

A K9 officer with the Little Rock Police Department has died from heat distress after a several-block foot chase with a suspect in 96-degree heat.

Department spokesman Officer Richard Hilgeman says Titus, a German Shepherd, was part of the department's downtown division for about three years. Titus died Wednesday at Briarwood Animal Hospital.

Hilgeman says about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, officers were involved in a foot chase with a suspect they believe had stolen property from several cars he had broken into.

Tornado mayflower
National Weather Service

A $1 million federal grant will go toward building a saferoom at the new Vilonia Intermediate School.

The Faulkner County school was under construction when it was destroyed by a tornado on April 27, 2014. 16 people were killed statewide in the storm.

Flood Waters

A report shows that recent floods in a southwest Arkansas county caused more than $14 million in damages.

The county's emergency coordinator says that around half of the land in Little River County was flooded by nearby bodies of water, including the Red River, following severe weather in May and June.

The Texarkana Gazette reports that the report was prepared by county officials and the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. The study shows more than 20 county roads were closed due to flooding.

As temperatures have become dangerously hot, nearing the 100 degree mark in Little Rock, the city is opening three cooling centers Tuesday for those without a place to get out of the heat. At this point they’re scheduled to be open through Friday.

"As the summer heat persists, we will continue to monitor the situation to see how long we may need to keep these cooling centers open," City Manager Bruce Moore said in a press release.

The cooling centers are located at:

Flood garland city, arkansas red river
Sabrina McCormick Norton / KTXK News

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's Disaster Survivor Assistance teams are visiting residents in 9 Arkansas counties affected by the recent storms and flooding.

The relief agency said Wednesday that teams will visit Crawford, Garland, Howard, Jefferson, Little River, Miller, Perry, Sebastian and Sevier counties.

Residents in those counties who suffered damage as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding during May and June during may be eligible for disaster assistance.

Flood Waters

Residents in nine Arkansas counties declared disaster areas because of recent storms, tornadoes and flooding may be eligible for disaster unemployment assistance. 

Flood garland city, arkansas red river
Sabrina McCormick Norton / KTXK News

President Barack Obama has issued a disaster declaration for nine Arkansas counties because of recent storms, tornadoes and flooding.

The declaration makes federal funds available for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans and other programs for individuals in Crawford, Garland, Howard, Jefferson, Little River, Miller, Perry, Sebastian, and Sevier counties.

The declaration comes as the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 71 in southwestern Arkansas are closed because of high water.

Arkansas Department of Emergency Management director David Maxwell (right) and Arkansas Natural Resources Commission executive director Randy Young (left) testify to a joint meeting of legislative committees on levees and flooding.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Arkansas officials do not have an accurate count of the number of levees in the state, many local levee districts are defunct, and the state and federal government often lack the authority to do anything about it. All the while, some levee fees are still being collected by boards whose members are no longer living.

American Red Cross On Standby In Case Of More Flooding

Jun 18, 2015

In preparation for the remnants of Tropical Storm Bill, The American Red Cross says it has disaster teams staged around Arkansas to set up shelters and provide assistance if needed because of the storm.

Severe flood waters caused by heavy rains starting May 6 have begun to receed. However, the recent storm is still expected to bring a lot of rain, winds and the risk of tornadoes.

National Weather Service

Weather officials say isolated tornados are still possible in Arkansas and Oklahoma as Tropical Depression Bill moves north.

Meteorologist Brynn Kerr with the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center said Wednesday that there were no reports of tornados overnight. He says conditions are conducive for weaker tornados that typically form quickly, stay weak and last a short time.

Kerr said the bigger problem in Arkansas will likely be saturation from the expected rainfall.