County Road 104

Michelle Couture took this photograph of Columbia Road 104 in northwest Columbia County on Wednesday afternoon.

South Arkansas will get a brief break on Thursday morning before rainfall returns later in the day, with renewed storm activity on Saturday.

A flash flood watch remained in effect for Columbia County until 6:45 a.m. Thursday. has recorded 3.45 inches of rain since Wednesday morning for 7.53 inches in February and 9.07 inches since January 1, plus 2.5 inches of snow.

Heavy rainfall washed out some roads in the area. Winds in Stephens topped part of the brickwork of a building on Ruby Street on Wednesday afternoon.

The Magnolia School District said on its Facebook page Wednesday night that bus drivers will not drive through any roads that may be flooded on their routes. The district also expects that some bus routes will run later than usual.

iDriveArkansas, a website maintained by the Arkansas Department of Transportation, reported three state highways closed in South Arkansas due to high water. They were Arkansas 275 in southwestern Union County, and Arkansas highways 8 north of North Crossett in Ashley County, and 133 southeast of Hamburg in Ashley County.

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Entergy Corporation reported no significant power outages in the region early Wednesday.

The National Weather Service in Shreveport said the cold front will begin to slowly lift back north as a warm front Thursday across East Texas and North Louisiana before becoming stationary Thursday night.

This boundary will continue to focus periods of showers and isolated thunderstorms along and to its north across extreme Northeast Texas, North Louisiana, Southwest Arkansas and Southeast Oklahoma, which will increase during the afternoon and overnight hours as additional upper level disturbances shift northeast along the front.

As a result, the flood threat may increase over these areas Thursday night and Friday before diminishing late in the day as the front begins to lift north out of the area.

However, the parent upper level trough and associated cold front will quickly move through the region, which may result in a renewed threat for heavy rainfall and flash flooding, along with the threat for strong to severe thunderstorms which will progress east across the region Saturday afternoon and evening.

The severe and heavy rainfall threat will diminish from west to east Saturday evening with the frontal passage.

River and bayou flooding is expected across the region.

The Dorcheat Bayou at Springhill was at 12.6 feet on Wednesday night, 1.6 feet above flood stage. The Dorcheat will rise to near 16 feet by Monday, then being falling.

At 18 feet, the public may expect extensive lowland flooding of forestry resources within the Dorcheat’s drainage area.

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