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Reporter’s Notebook: Insert Ark-building joke here

By: 25 April 2011 One Comment

This will come to no surprise to most First Arkansas News readers: it’s been storming a lot in the Natural State the last week. There’s been numerous tornado warnings throughout the state, but that’s not been the primary concern, it seems. Up in these parts of Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley at least, we’ve had at least three days straight of high winds, hail and rain. Lots of rain. Too much rain. (To track just how much, check out the NOAA website) To give a few ideas of how it’s affected us up here:

  • Some of the entrances to Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport are closed due to flooding;
  • much of the town of Johnson is reported to be flooded;
  • Several schools have limited access or limited bus service…some are even turning around and not able to deliver the children home;
  • Streets in both city and rural areas are washing away or flooding;
  • University of Arkansas at Fayetteville canceled afternoon and evening classes Monday;
  • Bella Vista lost water overnight last night and parts are under a boil order today;
  • Flood shelters are opening up in several cities throughout Northwest Arkansas; and
  • Washington County Emergency Management is reportedly encouraging people to only get on the roads if they absolutely have to do so.

Like a few months ago when we were buried in snow, I put out the call on Facebook and Twitter for photos of storm/rain damage from friends across the state. Let’s take a look at what folks sent:

This photo from Rhonda in Siloam Springs shows the flooding on Goforth Road near Highway 59.


Angie in Fayetteville provided this photo of what is supposed to be the corner of her yard.


Angie's backyard in Fayetteville will not need to be watered any time soon.


This is supposed to be a gentle waterfall in a stream running through Brad's backyard in Bella Vista.


Angie in Fayetteville provided this photo of what is supposed to be the corner of her yard.


Another photo from Rhonda of Goforth in Siloam Springs.

The Samaritan Shop in Rogers had to do an emergency coverup of merchandise when the ceiling started to leak. Both the Rogers and Springdale locations will be closed Tuesday because of flooding. The Samaritan Shop is a resale store that takes its profits to fund hunger relief efforts in Northwest Arkansas.

This photo from Barry was taken in Northwest Arkansas. This stream is supposed to be about one-fourth the width it is now.

This photo was originally on www.5newsonline (KFSM). This was taken at War Eagle. We think the rest of the photo speaks for itself!

About: Jamie Smith:
Experienced reporter who is now an entrepreneur. Jamie's Notebook offers writing services including press releases, corporate blogging and feature writing.

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