A storm that dumped record amounts of rain on Arkansas over the weekend has left the roads impassable, leading to the evacuation of many homes and the closure of roads for up to six days.
The heavy rain has left roads impasse, and some are still closed in the capital, Little Rock.
Many of the roads that are still open have not been cleared of debris.
“I don’t think anybody is expecting that we will have rain this year,” said David Lough, the mayor of Arkansas City, where most of the traffic is on Interstate 20.
The state of Arkansas is in a dry spell, with about half the area under a full moon, according to weather forecasters.
The region is still experiencing extreme heat and humidity, with a high of 106 degrees in Arkansas City.
The rainstorm also caused damage to several homes and knocked out power to some parts of the state.
“It’s pretty devastating.
It’s going to take some time to repair everything,” said Bob Boles, president of the Arkansas Association of Governments.
Lough said he hopes that the state can get through the week.
“We’re going to be able to go to work.
We’re going in and get all of our roads cleared up, get everybody back to normal and we’ll be back to work as quickly as possible,” he said.
A day after the heavy rain, the National Weather Service warned that there is a possibility of flooding in parts of central and eastern Arkansas.
The forecast called for rain to fall for about two days, with heavy rains likely throughout the week and the possibility of flash flooding in the early afternoon.
The weather service also warned that the National Guard is assisting Arkansas police in the investigation into what caused the floodwaters.
The Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for parts of Arkansas for the next 24 hours.
The agency said that a tornado warning is also in effect in the area.© 2018 Cox Media Group.