Emergency personnel in Desha and Chicot counties on Thursday were evacuating residents where a storm dumped more than 10 inches of rain over two days.
McGehee and Dermott had received more than 10 inches of rain by noon Thursday while Watson, in rural Desha County, had received more than 13 inches, according to Rachel Freeze, public information officer for the McGehee and Desha County Disaster committees.
Residents west of Thompson Street, west into the Sherland Addition, Grandview, Dottley, Mark and Jackson streets are currently being evacuated, Freeze said Thursday.
Some residents in Dermott, in Chicot County, were evacuated as well.
Emergency workers are using firetrucks and boats to evacuate residents since residents in these areas are not permitted to drive their personal vehicles. Anyone who needs assistance evacuating is asked to call 222-3636 or 911.
Two churches have opened their doors to provide shelter for flood victims. The First Baptist Church in McGehee and the Dermott Tabernacle Church in Dermott are providing shelter for flood victims. Displaced animals are being held at the Desha Veterinary Clinic.
Freeze said it is not yet clear how many residents have been evacuated. The Desha County Office of Emergency Management is currently getting a count.
Numerous streets, roads and highways in Desha County are closed due to the dangerously high water. Street closings include Plainview Jefferson, Mark Drive, Westwood, Alcock, Razorback, portions of Thompson, and North Fourth. U.S. 278 at McGehee Break is also closed.
These streets are closed to absolutely all traffic. They are completely flooded and unsafe for any travel.
“All streets from Thompson going west are closed,” Freeze said. “Absolutely no traffic of any kind will be permitted unless on foot or by boat.”