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article imageWidespread flooding in Northwest Arkansas Special

By Kay Mathews     Apr 25, 2011 in Environment
Many consecutive days of torrential rain has resulted in the flooding of much of Northwest Arkansas with roads closed, schools closing early, shelters being established, and the severe weather continues.
As reported on 4029tv.com, heavy flooding has caused street closings in Springdale, Fayetteville, and many other Northwest Arkansas towns. Beaver Lake Campground was flooded and is now closed. Historic War Eagle Mill has been flooded. K4029tv.com reports, "After several days of torrential rains, the War Eagle River is spilling into War Eagle Mill, and one of the roads to the mill is impassable."
Authorities in Farmington have issued a "boil water order" and a "boil order" was also issued for residents living on the east side of Bella Vista.
Residential flooding in Farmington  Ark.  April 25  2011
Residential flooding in Farmington, Ark. April 25, 2011
Kelly Eubanks
According to KNWA, a number of Northwest Arkansas cities have opened up shelters because "A lot of homes are flooded right now, or are in danger of taking in water." The shelter locations are:
Fayetteville Central United Methodist Church
6 West Dickson Street
(479) 442-4237
Springdale Senior Center
203 Park Street
(479) 751-1521
Lowell City Council Chambers
216 N. Lincoln Street
Rogers Activity Center
315 W. Olive Street
(479) 631-0336
Because severe weather has closed several bridges and roads, judges in Benton and Washington counties have issued disaster declarations, reports KNWA.
Goose Creek Road in Farmington  Ark.  April 25  2011
Goose Creek Road in Farmington, Ark. April 25, 2011
Kelly Eubanks
The University of Arkansas closed at 3:30 p.m. due to flooding, and some area K-12 schools closed early as well.
There were also a number of power and water outages reported in Benton County this morning. KNWA reported that:
More than 7,000 homes in Benton County were without power early Monday morning, according to Carroll Electric's website. By 7 a.m. that number had gone down to a little more than 100. There were also reports of people without water in Bella Vista Monday morning.
My home in northeast Bentonville has not flooded but the entire yard is a puddle. This location is in the Rolling Hills Subdividion and due to the slight upper-level elevation, the rain has gone downhill.
However, the severe weather is not over. Forecasts indicate that rain and thunderstorms will continue through Wednesday.
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