Monthly Archives: June 2019

OES Notepad

By Fred Mullen

All agencies who had responses directly related to weather events from Tue May 21 through Fri Jun 14,  you may be eligible for reimbursement under the FEMA 4441-DR Category A and B  program.  Examples of activities included are: Debris Removal, Rescue Calls, Traffic Control, Protective Measures, etc. Please contact me so we can include your actions in the claims. 

Unfortunately, FEMA will not be providing an Individual Assistance program for Franklin County.  We did not have enough residential damage to qualify.  Commercial and Agricultural interest cam file claims through the Small Business Administration.

Responders have been completing a lot of training recently.  Fire classes have been held at Branch Fire Department and Watalula Fire Department.  Last week, ten fire fighters completed the AFA Certified Training Officers class.  Two took the class for a refresher and there are now eight new candidates to receive their CTO certificates as soon as they pass the written test to be given on Fri Jun 28 at the Watalula Fire Department.

Eight SAR Team members attended the Arkansas Association of Search and Rescue Conference in Russellville last week.  The four day conference offered sessions in in Search Management, Wilderness Navigation, Wilderness First Aid, Drones, Canines, etc.  I was excited when I added it up, our group attended a total of 234 contact hours over the four days.  Four team members also presented Field and Management  topics. 

Agencies, remember, we are in fireworks season.  Live fuels are super-saturated now.  But remember after a few days of wind and sun, those pine needles on the roof tops, and,  hay will be ready to burn.  We have hit Heat Index of over 100, so be ready to rehab your crews. 

Up coming training includes: 1) Sat Jun 29 at 08:00  AFA Intro and PPE at the Watalula FD–POC is Frank at 479-209-3777.  2) Mon Jul 1 at 19:00 AFA Portable Fire Extinguishers at the Branch FD–POC is Dan at 479-965-5607.  3)  Mon Jul 1 at 17:30  AFA Ladders (part 1)  at the Ozark FD.  Part 2 will be Mon Jul 20 at 17:30.  Part 3 will be Sat Jul 20 at 08:00. POC is Nick at 479-667-7362

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Friday June 7 NEWS RELEASE

By Franklin County Joint Information Center

According to the Tulsa Office of the National Weather Service, flood water levels will continue to recede through Sunday.  However, on Sunday, the gates on lakes in Oklahoma will be opened which will cause the water  in Franklin County to  go back up to about 364.4 which is the current level at the Ozark Lock and Dam.

     Roads remaining closed in Franklin County includes Kenny Hole Road, Jenny Road at the 2000 Block, Kirk Road at the southern end and Sheep Farm Road at Hurricane Creek.

      Coon Tree Road through the Alix Bottoms is open but it is advised to use extreme caution because it is very wet and muddy.   Judge Rickey Bowman reminds citizens that the roads could have damage where the water crossed them and that they can be very slick.  He advises, “Drive Carefully.”

    Repairs have been made to Hopkins Street in Branch and it is open.  This street was damaged during a flash flood event on Wednesday afternoon.

     The City of Ozark reports that the East Side Park is open.  Mayor Roxie Hall reports that the Street Department and Fire Department are still involved in cleaning on some streets in Ozark.  All streets in Ozark are now open.

Franklin County OEM Coordinator Fred Mullen  reminds private property owners who have damaged property due the flood water to call 479-667-4909.  Leave your name and number and your call will be returned.  At this time, FEMA has not activated a program for private property loses but Mullen remains hopeful that they will.  He says it is important to show the FEMA officials a list of damaged properties and estimated dollar amounts for the loses. 

     If citizens need assistance with cleanup due to the flood water they can request it on the HELP HOTLINE at 479-213-6015.  If you want to help with the clean up call the VOLUNTEER HOTLINE at 479-213-6551. 

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Wednesday June 5 NEWS RELEASE

By Franklin County Joint Information Center

Flood waters along the Arkansas River continue to recede which results in more road opens. In Ozark, Bell Street at River Street and Main Street were opened yesterday.  Other openings  in Ozark include Bell Street  at Market Street; Spring Street and Barcliff Lane.  Normal traffic patterns  around the Post Office have been restored.  The Ozark East  Side park continues to be closed.  Highway 64 remains open as well as Hwy 23 South of the River Bridge.  Hwy 309 at Morris Creek is open but it remains closed at Smith Creek.

Rain is in the forecast from today through Sunday, but officials do not think that it will add significantly to the River Flooding.  However, thunderstorms are possible that often produces locally heavy rain on the already saturated ground, so flash flood warning for creeks, small streams and low lying areas cannot be ruled out. 

Franklin County Severe Weather Officer Rick Covert encourages everyone to remember when confronted with high water on the road way– turn around, don’t drown.

Judge Rickey Bowman reminds property owners who have had damage due to the flooding to call the Office of Emergency Management at 479-667-4909.  Please leave you name and phone number and your call will be returned.  Damage assessment for private property is being compiled with the hope of qualifying for the FEMA Individual Assistance program.  This program is a combination of direct grants to homeowners and low-interest loans to business owners, farmers and ranchers.

    President Trump has authorized emergency funding for public entities in Franklin County.  Government agencies who have had losses may be eligible to be reimbursed for 75% of their incurred cost. This includes cities, Rural Fire Departments, Water Associations, rural electric services, County Departments, and others.

If you need assistance with cleanup at your property due to the flood impact you can call the Help Hotline at 479-213-6015.  If you want to help with the cleanup you can call the Volunteer Hotline at 479-213-6551.

OEM Coordinator Fred Mullen wants to thank Simmons Bank, the 4-H clubs and the Gardner Center for  Tuesday’s wonderful luncheon provided to the emergency responders, road and street crews, administrative staffs and others who have worked on the flood event.

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OPEN–Highway 23 South of Arkansas River Bridge

The Arkansas Department of Transportation has been OPENED.

Several other roads in Franklin County remain closed until further notice. Thank you again for your patience.

Current List of Known Roads/Facilities Closed:

City of Ozark:

Bar Cliff Lane at Highway 64

East Market and North Bell Street

East River Street at Post Office–South Entrance of Post Office is Blocked but you can come in the entrance at South Bell and Main Street

East Spring Street

Bell Street at River Street

Bell Street at Main Street

Bell Street at Market Street

Carter King Mountain Road at East Spring Street

King Mountain Road

Lock and Dam Road

Webb City / South Ozark Area:

Santa Fe Trail at Corps of Engineers Relief

Highway 309 at Moores Creek

Highway 309 at Smith Creek

Altus / Denning / Alix Area:

Carbon Plant Road west of West Creek Road

Covert Road

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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NEWS RELEASE Helicopter Crashes Near Cass

By Fred Mullen, Franklin County Emergency Management

A helicopter providing sightseeing flights crashed Sunday afternoon on the South side of Fly Gap Mountain East of Hwy 23 and North of Hwy 215. The cause of the crash is unknown at this time and will be inspected by the National Transportation and Safety Board.

 According to OEM coordinator Fred Mullen over 60 emergency responders assisted with locating the site and providing assistance to the survivor.  Help was provided by over 12 agencies as well as a medical service company who was working a music festival in the area of the crash.  The survivor was hoisted to a National Guard helicopter and delivered to an awaiting medical evac helicopter.  He was taken to a Level 1 trauma center.

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June 3 NEWS RELEASE

By Franklin County Joint Information Center (FCJIC)

Hwy 64 is open in Ozark.  Arkansas Department of Transportation officials do not anticipate the current flooding cycle will put water back over it. However, Hwy 23 remains closed and will do so until the water recedes from it.  

On Sunday, information from state and federal sources describes the flood situation in Franklin County as ‘steady’ with a generally downward trend.  Rain is in the forecast for the next 5 days, but Weather Service officials do not think that the amount will cause a rise in the water level, however, it is anticipated the local and regional rains will slow down the pace of the water receding.

     Ozark City Street foreman Jody Samply reminds citizens that some roads may remained closed for a few days after the water is gone sown to allow time for inspections to take place.  Though this is slow moving water and is not expected to lead to much erosion, the saturation can weaken the road materials. 

     Emergency medical officials are proud to report there have not been any injuries or accidents directly attributable to the flood waters.  Neither has there been great problems for EMS and Fire answering calls because of the closed roads.

      OEM Senior Deputy Coordinator Melissa Francis, with the help of volunteers staffing hot line phones, continues to collect names of those who need assistance and those who want to help.  Francis says that offers of help have come from as far away as Dallas.  She adds that as the water recedes, OEM will plan work days for the volunteers to come help.  There will be debris to clear from some parks and peoples lawns.  Some residents will need help with cleaning and making repairs to homes.  Those numbers are, if you need help call 479-213-6551, and , if you want to volunteer to help, call 479-213-6015.

Rick Covert, 9-1-1 Manager, is asking citizens to not call 9-1-1 to inquire about road closures.  They can report road closures at 479-667-4176.  See www.fcoem.org for a comprehensive list of Franklin County Road Closures.  If you need to travel elsewhere in Arkansas, please check the I Drive Arkansas website.

 Judge Rickey Bowman asks citizens to give a pat on the back to emergency responders, road crews, utility workers, and all the volunteers who have worked diligently to limit the damage of the flood water and  provide needed services. Its been a tough week for all those folks with the storms, flooding, special events and other mission they have undertaken. 

Current List of Known Roads/Facilities Closed:

City of Ozark:

Bar Cliff Lane at Highway 64

East Market and North Bell Street

East River Street at Post Office–South Entrance of Post Office is Blocked but you can come in the entrance at South Bell and Main Street

East Spring Street

Bell Street at River Street

Bell Street at Main Street

Bell Street at Market Street

Carter King Mountain Road at East Spring Street

Highway 23 South and Highway 64 across from CVs Family Foods

King Mountain Road

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 Moores Creek

Highway 309 at Smith Creek

Altus / Denning / Alix Area:

Carbon Plant Road west of West Creek Road

Covert Road

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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Highways Closed Sunday June 2, 2019

We have spoken with the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) this morning and Highway 64 will remain CLOSED at least until Monday. Highway 23 South at the Arkansas River Bridge will remain CLOSED until further notice. To check other Highways in the State of Arkansas, please check www.idrivearkansas.com

Also, we would like to remind citizens that even after the water does go down, the roads which have been submerged and closed will have to be inspected by an engineer to insure their safety for travel. Please do not drive around barricades–you run the risk of putting yourself and responders at risk, plus the risk of getting a ticket.

Thank you for your patience during this difficult time. Stay safe everyone!

Current list of Roads Closed in Franklin County

City of Ozark:

Highway 64 at South Bell Street       

Barcliff Lane at Highway 64

East Market and North Bell Street

East River Street at Post Office

East Spring Street

Bell Street at River Street

Bell Street at Main Street

Bell Street at Market Street

Carter King Mountain Road at East Spring Street

Highway 23 South and Highway 64 across from CVs Family Foods

King Mountain Road

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 Moores Creek

Highway 309 at Smith Creek

Altus / Denning / Alix Area:

Carbon Plant Road west of West Creek Road

Covert Road

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 / Parks:

Aux Arc Park

White Oak Park

East Side Park

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Highway 64

Highway 64 was closed again this morning at South Bell Street on the east side of Ozark. At this time we do not know when it will be re-opened.

If the water goes down for a little while they may be able to re-open it for a short time period, however if the water goes back up it will have to be re-closed.

We are trying to keep you updated but recommend checking here and on our Facebook if you need to travel that direction.

Please do not drive around the barriers.

Thank you for your patience

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June 1 NEWS RELEASE

By Franklin County Joint Information Center at 7:02 AM

Good news for residents in the flooded Arkansas River Basin, President Trump has signed a Federal Disaster Declaration  for 16 Arkansas Counties.  Included are Franklin, Johnson, Logan, Sebastian and Crawford. According to Franklin County Judge Rickey Bowmen, this declaration provides additional Federal resources when needed and includes a funding component to assist local government with expenses incurred while providing protective measures and emergency response to the flood event. 

Damage assessments for private and public property will begin this weekend with with aerial surveys of the impacted areas.  County, State and Federal officials will soon be visiting sites of flooded homes, business, and public property.  At this time no Declaration of Assistance to individuals has been made, but local officials anticipate it later.

At 4 AM, the Head Water at the Ozark Lock and Dam was 375.98 and the Tail Water at 375.1.  Corps of Engineers and National Weather Service analyst believe there will be a slight rise in both of these levels around 1 PM today.  Road closures are seen for the near future as these officials think the water will stay near these levels for the next 3 to 4 days.  Citizens are reminded to allow extra time for travel.  The most comprehensive listing of local road and street closures is on the OEM website at www.fcoem.org.  If  you need to travel elsewhere in Arkansas, please check the I Drive Arkansas website.

It is estimated that 6,000 to 7,000 festivals attendees are attending the events at Mulberry Mountain Lodge and Byrd’s Adventure Center.  The Ozark Fairgrounds is hosting the Tractor Clubs antique farm implement show and Tractor Pull.  Please anticipate increased traffic in those areas.

According to OEM Senior Deputy Coordinator Melissa Francis, the cleanup after the water recedes will require many volunteers.  If you want to help out, you can call 479-213-6551 to be added to the list that will later be provided a work schedule.  For citizens having un-met daily needs such as food or shelter, please call 479-213-6015.  Also, use this last number to request cleanup help.

Current List of Roads Closed:

City of Ozark:

Barcliff Lane at Highway 64

East Market and North Bell Street

East River Street at Post Office

East Spring Street

Bell Street at River Street

Bell Street at Main Street

Bell Street at Market Street

Carter King Mountain Road at East Spring Street

Highway 23 South and Highway 64 across from CVs Family Foods

King Mountain Road

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 Moores Creek

Highway 309 at Smith Creek

Altus / Denning / Alix Area:

Carbon Plant Road west of West Creek Road

Covert Road

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 / Parks:

Aux Arc Park

White Oak Park

East Side Park


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Known Roads Impacted and other Info

Updated Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 6:22 AM

We are working to determine information on Highway 64 on the East Side of Ozark at North Bell Street

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

Franklin County Emergency Management

Current List of Known Roads/Facilities Closed:

City of Ozark:

Bar Cliff Lane at Highway 64

East Market and North Bell Street

East River Street at Post Office–South Entrance of Post Office is Blocked but you can come in the entrance at South Bell and Main Street

East Spring Street

Bell Street at River Street

Bell Street at Main Street

Bell Street at Market Street

Carter King Mountain Road at East Spring Street

Highway 23 South and Highway 64 across from CVs Family Foods

King Mountain Road

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 Moores Creek

Highway 309 at Smith Creek

Altus / Denning / Alix Area:

Carbon Plant Road west of West Creek Road

Covert Road

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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