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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