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In the next step of the ongoing weather warning saga between Code Red electronic notification and the traditional tornado warning sirens on towers, a discussion meeting was held at Western Sizzlin at noon on Monday, with Judge Robert Akin and the Drew County JP’s, who invited Monticello Mayor Allen Maxwell and other city officials he chose to include.
Due to technical difficulties, the video from the Quorum Court meeting is unavailabe.
The screens below, however, provide the audio from the meeting.
After several years of attempting to get governmental assistance to help fund tornado sirens for Drew County, we’ve finally got funding to assist with the purchase of 27 tower sirens, which will be scattered around the county.
But as the years have passed by, many feel that the towers have been surpassed by digital technology, as the best way to go, to notify county residents of impending disanter, should it occur.
This morning’s NOAA forecast, which forecast a 60% chance of “Wintery Mix” of ice, has now been changed to a 70% chance or “only” rain, for this afternoon.
When a member of the Public Defender’s office stopped by their office, Saturday evening, to pick up a file, they found the building ramsacked, window blinds destroyed, tables turned over, and files strew all over the desks and floor.
A trail of mischief led them to a back office where the masked suspect was found sleeping in the corner of another room.
Dense fog covers Drew County, this morning, so please allow extra time for travel.
The new EZ-Mart store on HWY 425 South suffered one of the setbacks that sometimes follow the re-opening of an old building.
Following Friday’s heavy rain, customers, reportedly, began complaining about having”water in their gas.”
Testing was done, the pumps were closed, and the tanks will be drained and cleaned, before they are put back into service.
Customers who have been affected should contact the local store, who can provide a corporate number for them to call.
Saturday night, Rock Springs Road had a tree blocking traffic, around midnight.
Friday, the Bowser Road and Babin Drive intersection had a tree and brush fire caused by a tree falling on an electric line.
Earlier in the week, HWY 278 East, along with a few other county roads had reports of fallen trees.
Please use caution; just because a power line is down, doesn’t mean that it is not ”hot,” as was the case with this Barkada Road tree, also on Friday.
Photo courtesy of MLive reader.
This large tree, on HWY 35 East around 4pm, is one of multiple tree that fell, due to the thunderstorms that passed through Drew County, Thursday afternoon.
Both state and county road crews were called out to clear the roads, as law enforcement helped located the bloakcages, and deal with passing traffic.
On Old Dermott Road, a Toyota was traveling toward HWY 35, hydroplaned after hitting some water over the roadway, then struck a tree and rolled over.
The driver was transported to DMH by SEEMS.
The Fire & rescue Team and Sheriff’s Dept. responded to the call.
Another vehicle was invoplved in a single vehicle acciden, east of the Pine Hill / HWy 293 intersection, MASI and DCSO worked that accident.
Yet another vehicle, this time a Lincoln, ran off of HWY 425, near lacey, crossing into the trees, next to the highway. DCSO also responded to that accident.
Finally, a tree was reported to have fallen across HWY 35 West, near Rock Springs, blocking both lanes of the highway.
Pictured below are two MFD firemen responding to a call where a tree fell on power lines, causing a fire. Two vehicle, driving in the blowing sheets of rain, collided with the tree, lying across the road. No one was injured.
Both of these photos were included in the Good Morning America report.
Thanks to everyone who submitted storm damage photos to MLive to share with our readers.
ABC”s Good Morning America arrived at what is left of UAM’s demolished horse barn, to cover Monticello’s severe weather, Tuesday night, in their program this morning.
Reporter Alex Perez, along with three members of their tech staff, arrived in Monticello around 4:30 to set up for the national broadcast.
Some of MLive photos were included in the segment.
At approximately 9:30 p.m. Tuesday (January 29), winds blew a horse barn adjacent to the rodeo arena at the University of Arkansas at Monticello off its foundation. The barn was blown across the rodeo parking area and damaged three livestock trailers. The barn housed 11 horses owned by students who are members of the UAM rodeo team. None of the horses were injured during the storm, according to Rusty Jones, rodeo coach.
She submitted the photos to Whatbird.com and the birds were verified as White-tailed Kites.
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