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.