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Archive for the ‘Weather’ Category

Tornado Siren Installation Underway

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

imageTornado sirens are currently being installed in the Monticello area, including the show areas near the library, hospital, and Old Troy Road water tower.image

imageA total of 18 sirens will be installed, most on their own self-standing towers.image

In response to many resident’s questions, The sirens will be tested weekly (silently), and audibly tested monthly or quarterly.


Tornado Siren Locations Announced

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

The Monticello City Council met Tuesday evening, and discussed locations of the weather warnig sirens, passed a resolution authorizing the use of city property for the placement of weather warning sirens, and approved money to pay for the City’s Code Red weather warning system.


Carpet Medics Adds New TED System

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

003Since 1993 Carpet Medics has served Southeast Arkansas with the industry’s leading carpet, upholstery, & tile cleaning, and through these years, they have met the needs of their customers when disaster stuck with either flood or smoke damage restoration.004
This year, owner Randy Phillips has expanded their restoration service with the implementation of the advanced drying system known as the TES Drying System. TES stands for Thermal Energy System and provides heat directly to the moisture for accelerated drying. This drying process can reduce a typical 4 to 5 day drying time to 1 or 2 days.
Phillips explains that the theory of direct heat drying is fairly simple and compares it to drying your hair with a blow dryer as opposed to just drying it in a warm room.
Visit their website at or like them on Facebook at Carpet Medics Restoration Svcs

Weather Warnings – Judge & JPs Meet with Mayor & More from City – Audio

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

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.


Tornado Sirens vs. Code Red Digital & Phone Emergency Notification – on Quorum Court Agenda, Tonight

Monday, February 17th, 2014

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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.


Preparing for the Ice Storm

Monday, February 10th, 2014

imageimageAround 50 utility trucks and 100 energy restoration workers are currently in Monticello, being staged for the ice storm that is forecast for Monday and Tuesday.image

imageABC and Pike are based out of Tennessee; Diversified is from Alabama; Musgrove is out of Florida.


County Considering “Code Red” Instead of Weather Sirens

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

code redIn the years that Drew County has been chasing the seemingly illusive vision of having countywide weather and tornado sirens, it seems technology has passed by that system of weather notifications.
911 co-ordinator Michael Frisby has recently been in contact with Code Red Weather Notifications, and presented his findings to the Quorum Court, Monday night.

Masked Burglar Vandalizes Public Defender’s Office, Saturday Night

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

racoon 012 (2)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.


Fuel Failure

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

009The 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.

Now, Just Around the Next Corner…..

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

zDrew County has had several trees fall, in recent days, some bringing power lines down with them.

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.

Storms Bring Down Trees on Roadways

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

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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.

Downed Tree on HWY 172, Sunday

Sunday, July 14th, 2013


A strong wind led to a temporary road closing on HWY 172, around 11 am Sunday morning, after this large tree fell across the roadway.

A Drew County Sheriff’s deputy controlled trafic, whle AHTD cleared the roadway.

Photo submitted by a MLive reader.

Wrecks & Rain

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

Heavy rain fell across Drew County, Sunday morning, causing several roads to be underwater, in places; sending at least three vehicles into crashes, especially around 11 am.

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.

Tornado Confirmed, Tuesday

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

The National Weather Service has confirmed that Tuesday night’s storm was a tornado.

It was classified as an EF-0.  Although weak, it did have a circular rotation, and measured 3 miles long by 50 yards wide.

These photos were sent in by an MLive reader. Thank you for sharing them.

More Storm Pics

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

More Storm Photos

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Shown here is a Drew County Sheriff’s patrol car, which was damaged when a tree fell in it.

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.

Good Morning America Broadcasting from UAM’s Horse Barn

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

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.

Click here to watch the Good Morning America segment.

Some of MLive photos were included in the segment.

UAM Statement on Storm Damage

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

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.


Monticello Weather

Mostly Cloudy
Mostly Cloudy
Today is forecast to be nearly the same temperature as yesterday. A few thunderstorms possible tonight.
Tuesday 03/31 20%
High 76° / Low 63°
Cloudy skies. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 76F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Wednesday 04/01 30%
High 78° / Low 64°
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Overcast with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the morning. High 78F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

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