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Highway 67/167 shut down after flooding

Creeks you never even knew were near the roads you travel every day are flooding as this heavy rain continues pounding Central Arkansas. That means flash floods that have already proven deadly.
Creeks you never even knew were near the roads you travel every day are flooding as this heavy rain continues pounding Central Arkansas. That means flash floods that have already proven deadly. And Arkansas State Police shut down Highway 67/ 167 near Jacksonville after flooding started around 8:00 Sunday morning.

The Jacksonville Fire Department deployed boats to rescue three people trapped by floodwaters near their home off Highway 67/167. Those people are fine tonight but the highway is closed.

"Cars continued to go through even though it's dangerous. I saw a motorcycle go through even though it was up to his knees," Anita Riley told us.

Riley watched around 8:00 a.m. Sunday as a creek started to overflow turning Highway 67/167 into a lake but people kept on going. Riley lives right next to the service road where state police rerouted drivers Sunday. She's only seen the creek get this high 2 times in the past 20 years. Even the service road saw high water but Riley says some people weren't going too fast.

While Riley wishes people would be more careful she has her own mess to deal with as the overflowing creek started to flood her yard.

Riley said, "The yard all the way up to the porch was flooded and my husband has been out here all morning trying to change the flow of the water to keep it out of our yard."

The waters have taken out part of her fence and gotten all the way to her house. She's worried about a moldy, mildewy mess.

The good news is flood waters can recede quickly. But with rain expected to keep on pounding Central Arkansas she knows she and drivers have a while before they can breathe easy again.

Jacksonville police say authorities are opening and closing the service road along the highway as needed. But they say if it's closed and you need to head north you can try Highway 107. Just be careful because you never know when flash flooding will pop up.
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