The National Weather Service in State College expanded the flood watch it include the following counties: Adams, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mifflin, Montour, Lycoming, Northumberland, Perry, Schuylkill, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, and York. It is possible that flooding could close the "bathtub" section of Interstate 376, River Avenue on the North Shore and Washington Boulevard. He traveled Arkansas 9 in Clark County to Dallas County and then Hot Spring County, then Arkansas 222 back west to US 67 south to Arkadelphia for a total of 56 miles.
"We'll send out notices as we get them, but the notices are kind of vague because the weather service doesn't know what to expect".
Craighead County officials are on standby for emergencies in Randolph County, where a levee on the Black River breached a year ago and hasn't been repaired, said Tony Thomas, an assistant to County Judge Ed Hill.
"Showers and thunderstorms keep developing along and behind the stationary front", National Weather Service hydrologist CS Ross said about the root cause of the rain event.
MAIN ST IN LOWER SALEM open Friday at 2:39 p.m.
At the confluence of the Ohio and Little Kanawha rivers at Parkersburg and Belpre, the Ohio River is forecast to crest at 41.5 feet at 7 p.m. Monday, 5.5 feet above flood stage.
More rain is on the way Saturday afternoon and evening, and Dent County is under a flood warning, according to the National Weather Service.
Since that time, FEMA has purchased many affected properties and residents in the flood-prone areas have relocated. We will be monitoring this risk through the weekend and will have updates.
"It's going to be worse than that", Couch said. A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. Such declarations make state aid to the county possible, he said. Flash flooding threats are greatest when an area is under the impact of repetitive strong-to-severe thunderstorms.
Gov. Jim Justice issued a statement that said the February 17 declaration of a state of emergency remained in effect for all counties.
Meteorologists say local rivers and creeks will see some rises through the weekend into early next week, and there could be the potential for poor drainage and low lying flooding Sunday with the heavier rainfall.