The National Weather Service in Memphis has issued the following statement.

Major river flooding along the Black and Current Rivers will continue to cut off roadways and flood homes and businesses over the next couple of days. The flood waters are expected to cut off Highway 67 between east Pocahontas and Walnut Ridge today.

Evacuation orders have been issued for East Pocahontas, Arkansas. The Black River in Northeast Arkansas is forecast to approach record flood levels late tonight and will exceed record flood on Wednesday. This along with flood waters from the Current River will result in potentially life threatening flooding across portions of Randolph, Lawrence and Clay counties.

This is a dangerous flood situation and residents are urged to follow the instructions of local emergency management and law enforcement officials. Showers and thunderstorms will spread into Northeast Arkansas late Wednesday afternoon into Wednesday Night.

Any additional rainfall on top of already saturated ground and swollen rivers will bring the potential for flash flooding to the area. A Flash Flood Watch may be needed for Northeast Arkansas and the Missouri Bootheel

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