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Tuesday weather wrap: Black River to crest higher than expected

Pocahontas flooding (Source: Air Evac Lifeteam 02 - Paragould via Facebook) Pocahontas flooding (Source: Air Evac Lifeteam 02 - Paragould via Facebook)
Highway 67 in Pocahontas Tuesday morning. (Source: KAIT) Highway 67 in Pocahontas Tuesday morning. (Source: KAIT)
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson inside helicopter before surveying Pocahontas flooding. (Source: KAIT) Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson inside helicopter before surveying Pocahontas flooding. (Source: KAIT)
Water can be seen over the roadway on Highway 14 near Newport. (Source: Donisha Weir via Twitter) Water can be seen over the roadway on Highway 14 near Newport. (Source: Donisha Weir via Twitter)
POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) -

Floodwaters continue to rise in some areas as residents are urged to get out.

The latest forecast for the crest of the Black River in Pocahontas is now 31.5 feet. Initially, the forecast called for about 29.5 feet.

Black River overtops levee at Hwy 304

Governor Asa Hutchinson reacts to flooding in northeast Arkansas

Residents in 3 Lawrence County towns urged to evacuate

Shelter now open, needing volunteers

U.S. Highway 67 from Pocahontas to the Randolph/Lawrence county line to close

In Pocahontas, Highway 67/62 between the city and Corning is closed.

Another section of Highway 67 to close

Highway 166 section 1 north of Pocahontas is closed as well as Highway 304 southeast of the city.

Water has already reached Highway 67 near El Acapulco and McDonald's. On Monday, the floodwaters were expected to rise about two inches per hour.

Also in Clay County, officials said they are seeing the water drop in some areas but spent the day working to inspect damage from flooding in the Success area.

Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller said water on U.S. 67 south of Corning and Arkansas 328 dropped Tuesday. However, Miller said the roads are dangerous to drive on and people should avoid driving through the areas especially in passenger vehicles. 

A shelter is also open at the Corning Community Center for people in need. 

In Jackson County, the water was nearly above the road signs on Highway 14 west near Newport. The White River could be seen flooding the area. 

For more road closures in Arkansas and Missouri, use the links below:

    Many Pocahontas businesses are closed Tuesday.

    Several schools are closed Tuesday as communities deal with flooding.

    There are many Flood Warnings across the area. Most of them will last through the middle of the week or longer.

    Utility crews remain working in a few areas to restore power. Here is a list of outage maps for local power suppliers:

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