Flash Floods Swamp Benton County
The Rogers Fire Department assisted in at least half-a-dozen swift-water rescues Thursday (Aug. 8), according to Rogers Fire Department Chief Tom Jenkins.
All of the rescue assist calls the fire department responded to were successful, according to Jenkins. About a dozen people’s lives were saved in the rescues.
The Benton County Emergency Services said that there have been 15 water rescues on Thursday (Aug. 8), according to a press release.
“They’ve run from pretty simple rescues to fairly complex ones,” Jenkins said.
All of the rescues that the fire department assisted with involved vehicles, according to Jenkins.
Emergency services posted on Facebook that the flooding have caused many of the roads to be impassable on Thursday (Aug. 8).
“It doesn’t take a lot of water to wash a car off the road,” Benton County Emergency Management Director Robert McGowen, said.
“More deaths occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm related hazard and many of these occur in vehicles.”
The county has received an estimated 7 to 10 inches of rain since midnight, according to a press release.
The high water has made it difficult for the Southwest Electrical Power Company to restore power to many residents in Benton County.
Currently, 925 Benton County SWEPCO customers are without power; of that number, 880 are in the Pea Ridge area, according to Peter Main, a spokesman for SWEPCO.
The high water has made it difficult for the electrical company to repair a circuit in the Pea Ridge area, according to Main.
“We’re working to restore power to our customers in Benton County,” Main said.
Overall, 1260 SWEPCO customers lost power throughout the night from the storms.
The photo attached to this story was at a flooded road in Bella Vista, taken by 5NEWS reporter Allison Woods.
Roads that have been closed in Benton County due to flooding.
- Lower Dogwood
- Spanker Bridge
- Branton Park
- Trafalgar Road
- West Chelsea Lane
- Sullivan Drive near Euston
- McNelly Road
- Battlefield Blvd.
- Paradise Way
- East Central Blvd.
- Southeast 5th Street
- Southwest D Street
- Moberly Lane
- 28th Street near the Kum-N-Go
- Southwest Rainbow Farm Road
- Price Coffee
- Northeast J Street
- Memorial Park Bridge
- Ball Street
- Elmore Road
- Johnson Road
- Hewitt Street
- Don Tyson
- Sanders Avenue
- Murphy Park
- Old Missouri Road
- 56th Street Bridge over Spring Creek