The Arkansas Department of Transportation will be closing Highway 64 at Barcliff Lane and 2nd Street again at 5:00 PM
Daily Archives: May 30, 2019
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.
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
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.
IMPORTANT NEW MESSAGE:
Highway 64 IS CLOSED near East Side Park and Bar Cliff Lane in Ozark until further notice