And it rained!

More than a foot of rain falls in area in past week, causing major flooding

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

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A woman standing on the opposite bank motions and shouts for the driver of the pickup truck to “go around” rather than drive through the storm waters. Flood waters covered Grant Street in Decatur, blocking the entrance to the apartments at the end of the street. Many other roads and highways were closed for a time on Tuesday as record rainfall amounts created raging rivers which overflowed roadways.

A woman standing on the opposite bank motions and shouts for the driver of the pickup truck to “go around” rather than drive through the storm waters. Flood waters covered Grant Street in Decatur, blocking the entrance to the apartments at the end of the street. Many other roads and highways were closed for a time on Tuesday as record rainfall amounts created raging rivers which overflowed roadways.
Photo by Janelle Jessen

April of 2011 will go down in history as the wettest April in 85 years, according to records dating to 1926 kept by weather department observers.

By late afternoon Monday, total precipitation for the month measured 13.40 inches. And rain was still falling with more forecast for up until press time for the Eagle Observer on Tuesday and possibly beyond.

The previous record for April,according to the NOAA weather station in Gravette, was in 1941 when a total of 10.17 inches of rain fell. It was that year when Noel, Mo., was isolated just as it was Monday of this week. That was also the year the park in Sulphur Springs was flooded so deeply a family ...


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