There is a strong chance of Severe Thunderstorms across the area, tonight.
Keep checking MonticelloLive for weather updates, weather-related news, and everything else that is relevant to Drew County, when the storms roll in.
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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.
Thanks for sharing your discovery.
Around 10am, Tuesday morning, a UAM student was traveling back to class, westbound on Jordan Drive, when he felt his Jeep loose traction in the ice, “fishtail”, and then rollover on the bridge.
The driver was not injured. Monticello Police worked scene, assisted by Arkansas State Police. The Fire & Rescue Squad was also paged out. Dan’s wrecker towed the vehicle.
The AHTD provides statewide highway road conditions at 1-800-245-1672.
Around 4 am, Sunday, flooding was reportedly enter homes homes on North Gabbert St.
In an interview with the family, they said they heard water running, and when they got out ot bed to see what was wrong, their feet touched the carpet, and that’s when then knew their home was flooded.
The family told KARK and MLive that they had requested the city and state clean out a culvert under North Gabberrt St. that was clogged up with leaves, but no one taken care of the impending problem.
After their hause was flooded, the AHTD cleared the culvert, and the water (in their yard) was soon gone.
Hours of cold, drenching rain seems to have washed away most of the public partying that many people consider a New Years Eve tradition, leaving most folks at home with their family, and the New York City celebration on TV.
There were a couple of minor accidents, with no injuries, around 8 pm.
The number of “midnight gunshots” was drastically down from normal.
City, county, and state law enforcement was out, another usual New Years Eve tradition, but report no unusual holiday related issues – not even a single DWI was reported.
Carpet Medics owner, Randy Phillips, is traveling to the east coast to assist to the thousands of homeowners whose homes have been damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
Phillips says, “There are still hundreds of thousands of people whose homes are waiting to be repaired, and before that can happen they will have to be dried. The storm surge filled many homes with as much as 4 feet of sea water and although the water has receded the structures are saturated. There are hundreds of restoration contractors like us there but they can barely scratch the surface of the work needed to be done.”
The outage map is posted below, along with storm damage photos from State School Road, where two trees fell on a mobile home, as the family was trying to leave the residence, and another home at the intersection of S. Gabbert and E. Jackson, where a tree section fell onto a truck and home.
The members of the Drew County Quorum Court came together the night of Sept. 17 for their monthly meeting to discuss the warning system for county, the disposal of county trash and the hospital report.
The Drew County Office of Emergency Coordinator Bill Horn presented the members with the updated news regarding the early warning storm system, which just rounded its third year of progress. The county looks to install 30 sirens all together and received a three-year time frame to complete the project.
Some of you may be familiar with the “Shrimp Guy” that sells fresh gulf shrimp from time to time on the parking lot of ReMax. That guy is Todd Tassin and I am proud to say that he is my brother-in-law. He and his family live in Slidell, La just outside of New Orleans. He sustained knee deep water in his house from Issac. They are having to get rid of everything that was touched by the water as God only knows what the water brings in and he has three small girls.
This is the pile of stuff in front of his house after three days of gutting the house and ripping out sheetrock. Almost every house in his neighborhood looks like this. Police have to guard the entrance to his neighborhood to make sure people can’t just come take items from their piles as the insurance adjusters have to come inspect them before anything can be disposed of in any way.
With Hurricane Isaac’s final clouds leaving Drew County, Friday, all we have left of the storm is the memory of 4-8 inches of rain,
and French Toast (since we all buy milk, bread, and eggs whenever there is a storm coming).
There are a few photos left to post, like the “white-capping waves” at Lake Monticello, and
several large trees down, like this one that fell on Rose Hill Cut-Off Road,
some casuing power outages. These out of state power crews were on HWY 278 West, Friday.
Seval homes, roofs, and out buildings sustained wind damage, like this barn on Pine Creek lane.
Thanks to the MLive readers who sent in photos.
MPD Chief Eddy Deaton and Captain Carlos Garcia dressed in rain gear,
and Thursday’s MPD dispatchers found “fashion rubber boots” in style.
Since I posted the last two photos, I promised them I’d include this one.
“The MonticelloLive Guy” in his “Weather Channel Moment”.
Now its time to pick up the limbs out of the yard……
As the rain continued to fall, today, the number of wrecks continued to climb.
A couple hours later, the driver of a GMC Sierra slipped off of the right side of Babin Drive, near UAM, then crossed both lanes, rolling his truck over into the far ditch. He was uninjured, MPD, DCSO, and UAM Safety responded. Reliable towed the vehicle.
Heat index values will exceed 105 degrees across the region with temperatures ranging between 100 and 105 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
Heat index values as high as 108 are expected. Isolated heat index values will be above 105 degrees from around noon until 7 p.m. in the evening.
There wasn’t enough rain to make a big difference in the recent hot, dry spell, but it did bring some welcome relief to local residents.
Around 6 pm, following a good thunderstorm in the area, a woods fire was reported near HWY 133, south of Lacey.
Lacey-Ladelle and Valley Fire Depts. responded with trucks and firefighters, and extinguished the blaze, estimated to be around one acre, which is believed to have started by a lightning strike to a White Oak.
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