Heavy Rains Flood Benton County; State Of Emergency Declared

Posted on: 9:15 am, April 18, 2013, by and , updated on: 12:24am, April 19, 2013


Overnight rains washed out Benton County on Thursday morning, as emergency crews tended to stranded motorists and closed roads across the county.

County Judge Bob Clinard declared Benton County in a state of emergency Thursday morning because of the heavy rains and subsequent flash flooding, according to Benton County Emergency Manager Robert McGowen.

At the height of the flooding, water washed over roads and bridges, causing property damage.

Fifty-six roads were closed in the county during the morning hours. About 30 roads remain closed, according to Benton County Emergency Management.

Emergency crews rescued eight stranded drivers in locations that at least included Rogers, Centerton and Gravette, according to Emergency Management.

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