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Jefferson County Flood Warning Updates

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OFFICE OF JEFFERSON COUNTY JUDGE GERALD ROBINSON

JUNE 2, 2019

2:00 PM

NEW FLOOD WARNING ISSUED FOR JEFFERSON COUNTY IN THE AREA EAST OF EARL CHADICK ROAD, WEST OF HIGHWAY 15 AND NORTH OF THE ARKANSAS RIVER NEAR PASTORIA, SHERRILL AND TUCKER

Sherrill Tucker Pastoria

A new Flood Warning has been issued for portions of Jefferson County in the area East of Earl Chadick Road, West of Highway 15 and North of the Arkansas River near Pastoria, Sherrill and Tucker. A map has been provided by county officials with the area highlighted in red showing the newly updated Flood Warning areas. This warning will be updated every 12 hours by the National Weather Service.

Residents and businesses in these locations should be prepared for the possibility of flooding. According to the National Weather Service, an Areal Flood Warning is normally issued for flooding that develops more gradually. This results in a gradual ponding or buildup of water in low-lying, flood prone areas, as well as small creeks and streams. 

Officials are encouraging everyone to sign up for alert notifications that Jefferson County will be updating from the emergency operations center. The website is https://JeffersonCounty911.onthealert.com. Please register your cell phones and landlines to receive critical emergency notifications as soon as possible.

Evacuation is not mandatory at this time. In the event of an evacuation, an emergency shelter is open in Pine Bluff at Seabrook (6808 S Hazel Street). Residents preparing to evacuate should be sure to pack essential items such as medicines, special food items, baby items, batteries, phone chargers, clothing, bedding, money, documents, valuables and anything needed to keep comfortable for the duration of the flood danger which is likely to last at least two weeks. You can also call the Jefferson County Office of Emergency Management at 870-541-5470 for sheltering options.

 

 




 

University Park Flood Warning

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 1, 2019

OFFICE OF JEFFERSON COUNTY JUDGE GERALD ROBINSON

OFFICE OF PINE BLUFF MAYOR SHIRLEY WASHINGTON

JEFFERSON COUNTY OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

1:00 PM

FLOOD WARNING ISSUED FOR VULNERABLE AREAS OF PINE BLUFF NORTH OF PULLEN STREET, EAST OF UNIVERSITY DRIVE AND WEST OF LAKE SARACEN INCLUDING AREAS SURROUNDING MCFADDEN ROAD

An Areal Flood Warning has been issued for vulnerable areas of Pine Bluff in the area north of Pullen Street, East of University Drive and West of Lake Saracen as well as the area surrounding McFadden Road. The flood warning includes areas near Brumps Bayou and Caney Bayou. A map has been provided by officials to highlight the flood prone areas. This warning will be updated every 12 hours by the National Weather Service.

Residents and businesses in these areas should be prepared for the possibility of flooding. According to the National Weather Service, an Areal Flood Warning is normally issued for flooding that develops more gradually. This results in a gradual ponding or buildup of water in low-lying, flood prone areas, as well as small creeks and streams.  Officials are encouraging everyone to sign up for alert notifications that Jefferson County will be updating from the emergency operations center. The website is https://JeffersonCounty911.onthealert.com. Please register your cell phones and landlines to receive critical emergency notifications as soon as possible.

The county is also closely monitoring the Packingtown and Potliquor communities in Pine Bluff as Arkansas’ aging levee system is challenged.

Evacuation is not mandatory at this time. In the event of an evacuation, an emergency shelter is open in Pine Bluff at Seabrook (6808 S Hazel Street). Residents preparing to evacuate should be sure to pack essential items such as medicines, special food items, baby items, batteries, phone chargers, clothing, bedding, money, documents, valuables and anything needed to keep comfortable for the duration of the flood danger which is likely to last at least two weeks. You can also call the Jefferson County Office of Emergency Management at 870-541-5470 for sheltering options.

 




Flood Warning

 

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MAY 31, 2019

OFFICE OF THE COUNTY JUDGE GERALD ROBINSON

4:00PM

 

MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDER ISSUED FOR PARTS OF

JEFFERSON COUNTY

For your safety, Jefferson County Judge Gerald Robinson has declared an emergency mandatory evacuation order for residents in the following areas of Jefferson County due to the rising flood waters.

Trulock Bay Road in Sherrill

 

Riverside Drive in Pine Bluff

 

Tar Camp Creek Road in Redfield

 

Island Harbor Area

Canal Drive

Crossover Lane

Hendricks Road

Holiday Drive

Island Harbor Marina Road

Riviera Drive

 

Wright – Brodie Bend Area

Marion Road

Archer Road

Campbell Road

Fisher Adams Road

Henslee Lake Road

Marion Road

 

Altheimer Area

Knott’s Island Road

Shepard Island Road

 

Swan Lake Area

South Swan Lake Rec Road

East Swan Lake Rec Road

 

Reydell Area

Acorn Drive

Bayou Meto Park Road

Farelly Road

Jacob Road

Scroggins Road

 

It is now mandatory that residents in these locations evacuate their homes and the flooded areas.  All those who ignore the mandatory evacuation order and have children could possibly face prosecution through the Sheriff’s Office for endangering the welfare of a minor.

If you are unable to stay with friends or relatives outside the evacuation areas, call the Jefferson County Office of Emergency Management at 870-541-5470 for sheltering options.

An emergency shelter is open in Pine Bluff at Seabrook (6808 S Hazel Street). Family Church on Poplar Street in Pine Bluff is now the backup shelter. The Wright Pastoria Volunteer Fire Department in Wright (8599 AR-256, Wright) and the Swan Lake Volunteer Fire Department (11997 South Highway 88, Altheimer) in the Swan Lake Community are also open as emergency shelters in the county. Residents in evacuated areas should be sure to take essential items such as medicines, special food items, baby items, batteries, phone chargers, clothing, bedding, money, documents, valuables and anything needed to keep comfortable for the duration of the flood danger which is likely to last at least two weeks. Make sure to secure your home before leaving.

The County Judge is encouraging everybody to sign up for alert notifications that Jefferson County will be updating from the emergency operations center. The website is https://JeffersonCounty911.onthealert.com. Please register your cell phones and landlines to receive critical emergency notifications as soon as possible.

 




NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OFFICE OF JEFFERSON COUNTY JUDGE GERALD ROBINSON

May 30, 2019

4:30pm

As Flood Dangers Rise, Jefferson County Judge Gerald Robinson Encourages Families to Map Out Safety Plan and Stay Informed

As Jefferson County braces for additional major flooding within the next week to ten days, County Judge Gerald Robinson is encouraging residents to use extreme caution, protect important documents and possessions, and be prepared to evacuate in flood-prone areas.

The current flooding along the Arkansas River is of historic proportions. The current height of the river is 47.39 feet and is expected to crest at 51 feet between June 5th and June 7th.  Experts with the National Weather Service predict communities along the Arkansas River will see record flooding as more rain hits our region. Raging flood water has already caused deaths and catastrophic property damage to our neighbors in Oklahoma, Louisiana and Missouri. Some parts of Arkansas have seen levees compromised and some homes in Jefferson County are already underwater.

The County Judge is urging residents to stay aware of changing weather conditions, assess whether you need to evacuate your home, pack important items (phone chargers, batteries, medicines, documents, irreplaceable valuables) and start securing alternative housing plans or emergency shelter.

At this time, the county has an emergency shelter set up at Family Church at 2309 Poplar Street in Pine Bluff. It’s the only emergency shelter in Pine Bluff currently. The Wright Pastoria Volunteer Fire Department in Wright, and the Swan Lake Volunteer Fire Department near Altheimer in the Swan Lake Community are also open as emergency shelters in the county. Residents in evacuated areas should bring clothing, bedding, medicine, and anything needed to keep comfortable for the duration of the flood danger which is likely to last at least two weeks.

Citizens should plan now while there is time. The affected communities include Tar Camp at Redfield, Island Harbor, Trulock Bay Road, Wright, Shepard Island, Swan Lake Recreation Road, Big Bayou Meto and Little Bayou Meto Recreation areas.  All residents in these areas are under mandatory evacuation orders.

Judge Robinson is encouraging everybody to sign up for alert notifications that Jefferson County will be updating from the emergency operations center. The website is https://JeffersonCounty911.onthealert.com. Please register your cell phones and landlines to receive critical emergency notifications as soon as possible.

The county is also closely monitoring the Potliquor and Packingtown communities in Pine Bluff as Arkansas’ aging levee system is challenged.

If you have questions or need assistance please call the Jefferson County Office of Emergency Management at 870-541-5470.

Please follow #ARFLOOD19 which is the hashtag for any flood-related news. Share this message with friends and family and take a moment to check on your elderly or disabled neighbors.