Monthly Archives: May 2019

May 31 NEWS RELEASE

From: Franklin County Joint Information Center

Highway 64 East at Ozark will remain closed over the weekend according to the Arkansas Department of Transportation.  There are 17 other road closures  in Franklin County at this time.  For a complete list, please check the Emergency Management website at www.fcoem.org.  If you need to travel else where in the state, please check the I Drive Arkansas website.

Citizens can expect heavier than normal traffic on I-40 and Hwy 23 North beginning today through Monday.  Two music festivals are scheduled for venues in the Cass area.  According to the promoters, a total of about 5,000 to 6,000 visitors are expected.

Clear weather in the area will bring only a bit of relief to the river flooding situation , but it will provide us with somewhat better working conditions, according to OEM Coordinator Fred Mullen.  EMS Director, Randy Boren added that with the clear weather will come more heat and that combined with high humidity will create the conditions for heat related injuries.  Boren said, ‘take frequent breaks, drink water and electrolytes, and keep an eye on one another.”

The river is expected to crest today or Saturday  and according to the Corps of Engineers is anticipated to stay at that peak level for up to 4 or 5 days before it begins to recede.  Water levels in some flooded areas will remain high well into the summer months.

Ozark Mayor Roxie Hall wants to acknowledge the volunteers who have turned out to help the City with some projects.  She added a special thank to the City’s crews who have put in a tremendous effort to provide service and safety.  Judge Bowman acknowledges the assistance of the private sector in help with this incident, ‘local and area contractors have provided equipment, personnel,  materials, and expertise that continues to be game changing help for us.’  Judge Bowmen also expressed appreciation to the Mulberry Police Department for their assistance in monitoring conditions at the Silver Bridge. 

If you have prescriptions that need filled, call you pharmacy, they have a plan in place to assist you.  Also, if you live south of the Arkansas River in the 72949 Zip Code  and receive your prescriptions by mail,  the Postal Service  is working to get them to the Cecil Post Office for you to pick up between 10 AM and 3 PM.  Call them at 479-667-4325 for more information.  REMEMBER–this does NOT include the regular mail–this is for prescriptions only.

County OEM Senior Deputy Coordinator Melissa Francis points out that the clean-up phase will be an on-going effort that will begin when the water begins to recede.  If you have water in your home, debris in your yard or driveway, other other clean-up request, please call the Help Request Hotline at 479-213-6015.  (You can also call this number if you have immediate needs such as meals, shelter or sandbags.) You will need to leave your name, address, phone number and a description of the assistance you need.  We will began to work out assignments as soon as practical.  If you or your group want to help those who have been impacted, please call the Volunteer Hotline at 479-213-6551.

Remember–turn around, don’t drown.

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May 30-ARDOT Closing Hwy 64 at 5 PM

The Arkansas Department of Transportation will be closing Highway 64 at Barcliff Lane and 2nd Street again at 5:00 PM

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SOUTH OF ARKANSAS RIVER MAIL CONFUSION

Message from Cecil Post Office:

Cecil (72930) residents who did not get their (in Cecil–72930 ZIP Code) mail delivered can pick up their mail at the Cecil Post Office where it is being held during the Flood Event Operating Hours of

Monday – Friday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

They must bring a Valid Identification with them to receive their mail.

They can call (479) 667-4325 to check for more information regarding their mail.

If you live south of the Arkansas River and your mail is delivered by the Ozark Post Office, that mail is being held at the Ozark Post Office. It is NOT being delivered to Cecil.

The only thing being redirected to the Cecil Post Office is

KNOWN MEDICATIONS NORMALLY DELIVERED BY MAIL:

If you normally get your medication delivered by mail South of the Arkansas River, they are trying to direct those KNOWN medications to the Cecil Post Office. If you are expecting medication in the mail (again, South of the Arkansas River in Franklin County), you can call the Cecil Post Master LeaAnn Bramlett at (479) 667-4325 and they will be on the lookout for your delivery and you can coordinate with them to pick up those Mail-delivered Medications at the Cecil Post Office during the Flood Event Hours of Monday – Friday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Again, they must bring a Valid Identification with them to receive their medications-by-mail.

If a Franklin County Citizen has or is about to run out of medication that they would normally pick up, they are asked to call their local Pharmacist. They have a plan in place for you to pick up your medication at another Pharmacy and can help you coordinate that temporary change.

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Hwy 64 Re-Opens 1 Lane at 9:35 AM For Now

ARDOT is looking to re-open Highway 64 on the east side of Ozark for now. However, be aware that they may have to close it again at any time as flood conditions change. Please slow down and follow road signage and workers’ directions to travel safely. Thank you for your patience

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NEWS RELEASE May 30

By Franklin County Joint Information Center

Last night the Arkansas Highway Department closed Hwy 64 East in Ozark at Second Street and at Barcliff Lane.  Water has risen over the highway between these locations.  Some local traffic is still passing in this area, but there is no longer a through passages between Ozark and Altus. Travelers may use I-40 and Highway 186.  Emergency response agencies have been made aware of the closures and will be using the quickest alternate routes to provide service. 

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and the Ozark Police Department are asking that sight seers please refrain from coming to the flooded areas.  According to Ozark Police Chief Devin Bramlett these areas are congested, travel routes are narrowed and are improvised at some areas, such as,  the Ozark Post Office Parking lot.  Franklin County Chief Deputy Jeff Woods is asking citizens to please not risk driving through the flood water.  He added that the water can be hiding hidden hazards that can damage a vehicle, and,  even if it is fairly shallow, drivers run the risk of sliding off into what may be a considerably deeper ditch.

Our area has experience its first flood related fatality in Sebastian County.  A 64 year old Charleston man was located drowned in his van in a ditch along Highway 22 near Ft. Chaffee.

The 5:00 AM reading for the Arkansas River at the Ozark Lock and Dam was 376.43 for the headwater and 374.89 for the tailwater.  Citizens may notice some raising and lowering of the water levels as some relief is provided by lakes in Oklahoma retaining water before releasing it and there is some downstream relief being provided.

Franklin County has established two Hot Lines to provide assistance to those impacted by the flood.  If you need non-emergency help such as food, sandbags or shelter, call 479-213-6015.  If you want to volunteer to  help, please call 479-213-6551. Please do not call either of these numbers to inquire about road conditions.  A comprehensive list of local road closing is can be found at www.fcoem.org.  For those needing travel information for outside the county, please check the I Drive Arkansas website.

Persons needing prescriptions should call their pharmacy to receive instructions on how they  can get them filled and delivered.  The Postal Service is working to get prescriptions that are delivered by mail to residents south of the River redirected to the Cecil Post Office.  More information regarding this is on the OEM website at www.fcoem.org or you can call the Cecil Post office at 479-667-4325 on weekdays between the hours of 10 AM and 3 PM.

Franklin County Judge Rickey Bowman again wants to thank the citizens for their cooperation and patience for what has been a trying time for us.  He noted that volunteers from across the county have provided assistance and offered to help  out with the cleanup operations once they begin. Bowman said the various government agencies have worked well together to provide the needed services.   He reminds citizens to enroll in the CodeRed system to receive  urgent and emergency messages.  You can sign up on the Emergency Management website at www.fcoem.org and click on CodeRed.

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Hwy 64 Closed

IMPORTANT NEW MESSAGE:

Highway 64 IS CLOSED near East Side Park and Bar Cliff Lane in Ozark until further notice

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Cecil Mail and Prescription Medication Information

Message from Cecil Post Office:

Cecil (72930) residents who did not get their mail delivered can pick up their mail at the Cecil Post Office where it is being held during the Flood Event Operating Hours of

Monday – Friday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

They must bring a Valid Identification with them to receive their mail.

They can call (479) 667-4325 to check for more information regarding their mail.

If you normally get your medication delivered by mail South of the Arkansas River, they are trying to direct those KNOWN medications to the Cecil Post Office. If you are expecting medication in the mail (again, South of the Arkansas River in Franklin County), you can call the Cecil Post Master LeaAnn Bramlett at (479) 667-4325 and they will be on the lookout for your delivery and you can coordinate with them to pick up those Mail-delivered Medications at the Cecil Post Office during the Flood Event Hours of Monday – Friday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Again, they must bring a Valid Identification with them to receive their medications-by-mail.

If a Franklin County Citizen has or is about to run out of medication that they would normally pick up, they are asked to call their local Pharmacist. They have a plan in place for you to pick up your medication at another Pharmacy and can help you coordinate that temporary change.

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FC OEM News Release

Franklin County authorities continued to monitor the flood waters through out last evening.  Local early morning showers  added an inch of water to some parts of the Arkansas River Watershed.  At 4:00 AM this morning the river level was 375.62 feet with an anticipated crest of 377 feet to be reached late tonight or early Thursday morning.

Crews at the Pleasant View Water Users Association sandbagged their pump station on Highway 64 near White Oak Creek on Monday.  Emergency Management Coordinator Fred Mullen  checked with them on Tuesday and the pump was still working although some water had seeped into the pump house. The quality of the system’s water has not been impacted.

Additional roads have been impacted in rural areas as well as the City of Ozark.  In Ozark, drivers can expect some congestion on River and Bell Streets at the Post Office; Bell and Market Street intersection has been closed; traffic control devices are located on Highway 64 at Barcliff Lane, but at this time the Highway is still open.

Highway 23 South remains closed to through traffic just south of Webb City.  Hwy 309 is now closed at Morris Creek as well as Smith Creek. Most roads into the bottom lands south of Altus are closed.  For a comprehensive list of road closures see the OEM website at www.fcoem.org If you need to travel outside of the County, please check the I Drive Arkansas website.

Two Hot Lines have been established to assist persons who have been impacted by the flooding.  One is the Help Hot Line  for those who need to request non-emergency assistance such as sandbags, food, and shelter.  It is 479-213-6015.  The other is the Volunteer Hot Line for those who want to volunteer to help with the response phase or recovery phase, please call 479-213-6551.  Please DO NOT call either of these numbers for information concerning the roads and streets.

A plan is being finalized later today to assist those who need meals and  medications delivered to their homes.  More information will be made available to the pubic later today.  This service will be for those who cannot travel because of flooded roads and whose regular meal service has been interrupted.   Anyone who needs this assistance can call the Help Hot Line.

Franklin County Judge Rickey Bowman says that the public’s assistance and cooperation has been superb during this incident.  Several volunteers have come out to help on projects and local response agency’s  personnel have put in extra effort which has worked well to serve the public. 

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FCOEM May 28 Evening Flood Event Update

Updated May 28, 5:30 PM

Highway 23 South of Arkansas River Bridge closed until further notice

Franklin County OEM has established 2 Hotlines:

If you need non emergency assistance with flood related events call 479-213-6015.  Please do NOT call this number to find out if a road is covered with water.

If you want to volunteer to help please call 479-213-6551

If you know of water on a road that is not listed please report it to the Franklin County Dispatch Center at 479-667-4176

Please allow extra time for travel

Further Road Impacts will be sent out on Code Red

Current List of Known Roads/Facilities Closed:

City of Ozark:

Bar Cliff Lane at Highway 64

East Market and North Bell Street

Bell Street at River Street

Bell Street at Main Street

Bell Street at Market Street

Highway 23 South and Highway 64 across from CVs Family Foods

Lock and Dam Road

Webb City / South Ozark Area:

Highway 23 South of Arkansas River Bridge at Terry’s Tire

Santa Fe Trail at Corps of Engineers Relief

Highway 309 at Smith Creek

Altus / Denning / Alix Area:

Carbon Plant Road west of West Creek Road

Colvert Lane

Jennie Road

Kenny Hole Road

Kirk Road

Lock and Dam Road

Plum Street at Coon Tree Road

Plum Street at Iron Station Road

Etna Area:

Sheep Farm at Carpenter Cemetery

Sheep Farm Road at Hurricane Creek

Aux Arc Park

White Oak Park

Pleasant View Area: 

Mattie / Adams Road and White Oak Creek

White Oak Park Road

Facilities:

Aux Arc Park

White Oak Park

East Side Park

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Highway 64 near the East Side Park and Bar Cliff Lane in Ozark is anticipated to close Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning

Severe Weather with the risk of heavy rain is in the local forecast. Franklin County is under a Flash Flood Watch from Tuesday, May 28 at 10:00 PM until Thursday, May 30 at 7:00 AM. Please pay close attention for water over the roads and streets.

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FCOEM May 28 Morning Update

Updated May 28, 7:30 AM

Highway 23 South of Arkansas River Bridge closed until further notice

Current List of Known Roads/Facilities Closed:

Bar Cliff Lane

Carbon Plant Road

Covert Lane

East Market and South Bell Street, Ozark

Highway 23 South and Highway 64 across from CVs Family Foods

Highway 23 South of Arkansas River Bridge at Terry’s Tire

Highway 309 at Smith Creek

Jennie Road in Alix

Kenny Hole Road in Alix

Mattie / Adams Road and White Oak Creek

Ozark Lock and Dam Road

Plum Street and Coon Tree Rd

Santa Fe Trail at Corps of Engineers Relief

Sheep Farm at Carpenter Cemetery and Hurricane Creek

Sheep Farm Road at Hurricane Creek

Aux Arc Park

White Oak Park

Water levels are expected to go up in these areas.

For other road closures in Franklin County check http://www.fcoem.org

2 If you know of water on a road that is not listed please report it to the Franklin County Dispatch Center at 479 667 4176

3 Please allow extra time for travel

4 Remember Turn Around Don’t Drown

5 Franklin County OEM has established 2 Hotlines: If you need non emergency assistance with flood related events call 479 213 6015.  Please do NOT call this number to find out if a road is covered with water.   If you want to volunteer to help please call 479 213 6551

6 Further Road Impacts will be sent out on Code Red

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