March 17-20, 2008 Western Arkansas Storms and Flooding



A large storm system affected Arkansas and Oklahoma as well as much of the southern plains and southern mississippi valley. Many areas received large amounts of rain over a prolonged time which led to serious flooding. There was also severe storms with strong winds, hail, and even a few tornadoes. Here are pics and video I got from the event in Arkansas.

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Mulberry River Flooding on March 18, 2008


Little Mulberry River Flooding on March 18, 2008


Arkansas River Flooding on March 20, 2008



Lightning on the night of the 17th (Monday)


From the 18th (Tuesday). Picture on the left is of broad area of rotation from storm that was ahead of the main line. Picture on the right is of tree down near Caulksville, AR.


From the 18th (Tuesday). From Mulberry River at (from L to R) Oark, Wolf Pen Campground, and overlook above the Little Mulberry/Mulberry confluence



From the 18th (Tuesday). Mulberry River at (from L to R) along Hwy 215, low water bridge not visible, and the Mulberry flowing high over the Pig Trail.



From the 18th (Tuesday). Mulberry River at (from L to R) at Hwy 215/Pig Trail Jct and the other two are from along Hwy 215.



From the 18th (Tuesday). (from L to R) Mulberry River at at Byrds Campground and the Little Mulberry River washes out road.


From the 18th (Tuesday). Little Mulberry River Flood


From the 18th (Tuesday). Little Mulberry River Flood


From the 19th (Tuesday). Little Mulberry River Flood aftermath and deer that got caught in flash flood


The heavy rain in Arkansas and Oklahoma also caused the Arkansas River to exceed its banks as well. On March 19, 2008 the Arkansas River at Van Buren crested at nearly 28 feet. On March 20, 2008 the Arkansas River at Ozark crested at 362 feet which is the 7th highest on record there. Here are a few pictures from of the Arkansas River at the Ozark Lock and Dam.





Rainfall totals map (3-19-2008)

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LITTLE ROCK AR
840 AM CDT TUE MAR 18 2008

...FLOODING RAIN IN NORTHERN AND WESTERN ARKANSAS...

WIDESPREAD FIVE TO SEVEN INCH RAINFALL AMOUNTS HAVE OCCURED OVER THE
LAST 36 HOURS OVER A LARGE PORTION OF NORTHERN AND WESTERN ARKANSAS.
SOME AREAS HAVE RECEIVED OVER EIGHT INCHES OF RAIN. PRELIMINARY
TOTALS THAT WERE COLLECTED BETWEEN 7 AND 830 AM ARE AS FOLLOWS...

SITE                            COUNTY                 AMOUNT

.REPORTS OF 10 INCHES OR GREATER...
MOUNTAIN HOME /PUBLIC REPORT/   BAXTER                12.10
POINT PETER                     SEARCY                11.10
SILVER HILL                     SEARCY                10.55
VENDOR /PUBLIC REPORT/          NEWTON                10.00

.REPORTS OF 9-10 INCHES...
DEER                            NEWTON                 9.42

.REPORTS OF 8-9 INCHES...
MENA AIRPORT                    POLK                   8.35
BUFFALO RIVER AT HARRIET        SEARCY                 8.17
CALICO ROCK                     IZARD                  8.16
CANEY                           MARION                 8.12

.REPORTS OF 7-8 INCHES...
CARVER                          NEWTON                 7.92
MOCKINGBIRD HILL                NEWTON                 7.49
MARSHALL                        SEARCY                 7.40
BOAT MOUNTAIN                   NEWTON                 7.32
BLANCHARD SPRINGS               STONE                  7.31
MAMMOTH SPRING                  FULTON                 7.67
CROOKED CREEK                   BOONE                  7.20
COMPTON                         NEWTON                 7.09

.REPORTS OF 6-7 INCHES...
MURRAY                          NEWTON                 6.99
MENA COOPERATIVE OBSERVER       POLK                   6.95
CLARKSVILLE                     JOHNSON                6.70
PARKS                           SCOTT                  6.35
DOVER                           POPE                   6.23
DANVILLE                        YELL                   6.26
ELIZABETH                       FULTON                 6.26
RATCLIFF                        LOGAN                  6.19
GRAVELLY                        YELL                   6.16
SALEM                           FULTON                 6.16
BULL SHOALS LAKE                BAXTER                 6.15
HARDY                           SHARP                  6.12

.REPORTS OF 5-6 INCHES...
EVENING SHADE