South Arkansas will have to endure more water on Thursday due to what the National Weather Service is now calling major to near-record flooding.
At least one death has been attributed to the flooding in North Louisiana.
Columbia, Union, Lafayette and Miller counties in Arkansas, and Caddo, Bossier and Webster parishes in Louisiana remained under a flash flood warning into Thursday morning, with a good chance that the warning will be extended.
As of 12:45 a.m. Thursday, magnoliareporter.com has recorded 8.23 inches of rain since Tuesday afternoon.
Entergy Corporation said early Thursday that power was out to about 131 customers in southern Columbia County, mostly along or near Arkansas 19 south of Walkerville to the Louisiana state line. The cause was thought to be weather related.
The Columbia County Road Department, at about 4:50 p.m. Wednesday, issued the following list of conditions on county roads:
CR 50 - Flooded
CR 7 at Horsehead Creek - Closed
CR 8 west from U.S. 79 to Arkansas 98 - Closed
CR 111 off CR 64 - Flooded
CR 5 south of CR 79 - Flooded
CR 18 past 243 - Closed
CR 15 across bridge - Flooded
CR 15 north of CR 1 - Flooded but passable (not recommended for small automobile)
CR 16 - Flooded
CR 14 - Flooded
CR 46 from CR 16 to Arkansas 98 - Washed out culvert
CR 9 South close to Louisiana State Line - Flooded
CR 8 on the gravel end off Arkansas 98 toward Atlanta - Closed
CR 12 North between Arkansas 371 and CR 15 - Closed
CR 44 between CR 8 and Arkansas 98 - Closed
CR 140 close to Debbie's Tax Service - Closed
CR 66 between Arkansas 98 and CR 63 - Flooded
CR 265 off CR 5 - Closed
CR 25 - Unknown status
CR 407 - Closed
CR 30 east of airport - Closed
CR 85 approximately 2-2.5 miles - Closed
CR 62 East off Hwy 79 - Closed
CR 57 off CR 41 - Closed
CR 21 at Louisiana State Line - Water is over bridge, closed
CR 25 north of CR 36 - Passable on 1 lane
CR 85 - Closed
CR 62 east of railroad tracks off U.S. 79 - Closed
CR 57 off CR 41 - Closed
CR 65 - Closed
CR 60 between CR 69 and Hwy 371 Beech Creek - Flooded
CR 43 - 2 places with water, but passable
CR 278 at Louisiana State Line - Water is over the bridge, closed
CR 2 E - Closed
CR 20 off CR 1 – Closed
County residents should expect more road closures by Thursday morning.
Major roadways in South Arkansas remained open. CLICK THE LINK BELOW to see the iDriveArkansas website for current statewide road information.
The only major road closure in South Arkansas was Arkansas 7 north of Camden – traditionally among the first locations in the region to flood in high water.
Many churches in the Magnolia area cancelled activities for Wednesday night.
The Magnolia School District, and the Emerson-Taylor-Bradley School District, said that they will open for classes two hours late on Thursday – at 10 a.m. -- with buses running two hours later than usual.
Columbia Christian School and Child Care, and Southern Arkansas University classes were cancelled for Thursday.
The SAU Senior Dinner scheduled for Thursday night has been postponed and will be rescheduled.
CLICK THE LINK BELOW to see the Magnolia Reporter page on Facebook, where updates about weather and road conditions are being constantly updated. Closure and postponement information is also posted.
Road conditions in North Louisiana are even worse. Interstate 20 is closed in two places near the Webster-Bossier parish line, and in Bienville Parish. Many other major highways in North Louisiana are closed. CLICK THE LINK BELOW to see the Louisiana State Police Facebook page and its list of road closures in Troop G, which is Northwest Louisiana, and Troop F for Northeast Louisiana.
In Bienville Parish on Wednesday afternoon, a 75-year-old man drove around a barricade on Louisiana 4 at Saline Creek. His vehicle was swept off the road and he was later found dead. A 70-year-old female passenger survived and was found clinging to a tree and suffering from hypothermia.
Residents in several neighborhoods near bodies of water in North Louisiana were being evacuated on Wednesday night.
The National Weather Service in Shreveport said flash flooding is ongoing and will continue as multiple waves of thunderstorms move across the region through Thursday.
Widespread rainfall amounts of four to eight inches have already fallen with a few isolated higher amounts of 10 to 14 inches over Northwestern Louisiana. An additional 8 to 10 inches of rainfall is possible through Thursday afternoon east of a line from Lufkin, TX to Plain Dealing, LA.
“Additional heavy rainfall will further elevate the flash flood threat and could result in major to possible near-record flooding,” the weather service said in a statement.