GENTRY -- Heavy rains which fell overnight and during the morning hours today caused some localized flooding in Gentry, especially along Flint Creek.
City workers were keeping an eye on the rising creek and the bridge Wednesday morning. Flooding in April 2017 damaged the old bridge when debris built up under the bridge and caused water to run around the bridge span and undercut the bridge's support structure. As a result, the old bridge was deemed unsafe and closed, later to be demolished.
The new, existing bridge was finally completed in August 2020. According to plans, the new bridge was built 2 1/2 feet higher than the old and designed to allow the bridge to be overflowed in the event of severe flooding and prevent a recurrence of what took place in 2017.
On Wednesday morning, water was just inches from the base of the bridge but debris had not built up as before.
The Gentry area remains under a flash flood warning Wednesday afternoon and a flash flood watch in the evening, with more heavy rains expected through the afternoon and nighttime hours.