Here's the full text of the warning:
Issued by The National Weather Service
3:11 pm CDT, Sun., May. 8, 2011
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MEMPHIS HAS EXTENDED THE
* FLOOD WARNING FOR SMALL STREAMS IN... SOUTH CENTRAL CRITTENDEN COUNTY IN EASTERN ARKANSAS... SOUTHERN LEE COUNTY IN EASTERN ARKANSAS... PHILLIPS COUNTY IN EASTERN ARKANSAS... COAHOMA COUNTY IN NORTHWEST MISSISSIPPI... DESOTO COUNTY IN NORTHWEST MISSISSIPPI... PANOLA COUNTY IN NORTHWEST MISSISSIPPI... QUITMAN COUNTY IN NORTHWEST MISSISSIPPI... TALLAHATCHIE COUNTY IN NORTHWEST MISSISSIPPI... TATE COUNTY IN NORTHWEST MISSISSIPPI... TUNICA COUNTY IN NORTHWEST MISSISSIPPI... NORTHWESTERN YALOBUSHA COUNTY IN NORTHWEST MISSISSIPPI...
* UNTIL 615 PM CDT THURSDAY
* RECENT HEAVY RAINS COMBINED WITH BACKWATER FLOODING BY THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER WILL AFFECT THE WARNED AREA. THIS WILL RESULT IN WIDESPREAD FLOODING IN THE 100 YEAR FLOOD PLAIN WITH NUMEROUS ROAD CLOSURES AND AREAS POTENTIALLY UNDER A THREAT OF EVACUATION.
A FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT FLOODING IS IMMINENT OR HAS BEEN REPORTED. STREAM RISES WILL BE SLOW AND FLASH FLOODING IS NOT EXPECTED. HOWEVER... ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHOULD TAKE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS IMMEDIATELY.
.STAY TUNED TO THIS BROADCAST FOR THE LATEST UPDATES AND INFORMATION. TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER ONLY... CALL 1 800 4 3 2 0 8 7 5.
The Walker Street Levee drainage channel has been closed because of flooding. It is now leaking and is closed from Pecan Street through Ohio Street because of minor road damage. The Sea Wall has been installed for the first time in many years at the concrete wall in south Helena near the Gazebo at the Main Stage on Cherry Street. Sand bags have also been placed at the site as well.
In the sanding news, the Southwestern Bell building on Franklin and Rightor has sand bags around it. When queried whether Southwestern Bell knew "something the rest of us didn't" the answer was a resounding no. Also, in Turner, AR, just south of Marvell on Highway 1 South heading toward Dewitt, a citizen has built his/her own protective wall of dirt about 10 high around the modern home which is located close to a creek. These actions seems to be out of an "abundance of caution."
The Scoop has gathered the following resource information (Phone Numbers) for Phillips County:
See Also Our Resources:
Previous Flood Warning for Resourceful Information;
I-40 Detour Information.
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