At 1:18 p.m. National Weather Service doppler radar indicated widespread heavy rain tapering off from the southwest with only isolated showers noted. While precipitation was winding down, very serious flash flooding was left behind from Humnoke and England to Tucker, Pine Bluff and Fordyce. Many roads are underwater in and near these communities, with water running into homes in some cases. It will take some time for this water to runoff.
Update (11:10 a.m.):
The warning has been extended until 5:00 p.m. for Jefferson, Cleveland, Dallas, Grant and Lonoke counties.
At 10:45 a.m. National Weather Service (NWS) doppler radar continued to indicate a band of showers and isolated thunderstorms from Lonoke to Pine Bluff and Fordyce. Very heavy rain was occurring with this band of precipitation. Rain was falling over areas that received five to more than eight inches of rain since Thursday. Many roads were under water in the England, Fordyce and Pine Bluff areas. Sandbagging of homes was occurring in some cases, with homes threatened by high water. At Pine Bluff, high water rescues were taking place.
The NWS says Pine Bluff has gotten 6.01" of rain in 24 hours (as of 7:30 this morning) and 8.32" inches for the month. That makes it the wettest August on record for Pine Bluff and the wettest since 1911.
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Original story (10:00 a.m.):
Isaac continues to dump heavy rain on parts of south and central Arkansas on its way out of the state.
This morning, torrential rainfall in the Pine Bluff and Fordyce areas has prompted the National Weather Service (NWS) in Little Rock to issue a flash flood emergency declaration for those cities:
At 9:48 a.m. National Weather Service doppler radar continued to indicate a band of showers and isolated thunderstorms from Lonoke to Pine Bluff and Fordyce. Very heavy rain was occurring with this band of precipitation. Rain was falling over areas that received four to more than seven inches of rain since Thursday.
The NWS says most of Fordyce is anywhere from several inches to several feet under water. Several houses are being threatened and significant flooding has been reported throughout Fordyce.
Many roads were under water in the Pine Bluff area. Sandbagging of homes was occurring locally. A couple of cars were floating down Highway 63.
The NWS reported flash flood warnings for in effect for several counties through noon today, including: Bradley, Calhoun, Cleveland, Dallas, Grant, Jefferson, Lonoke, Ouachita, Prairie, White and Woodruff counties.
Photo via Facebook, taken at 10:00 a.m. this morning at Union Street and Highway 79.
Latest storm reports from the NWS:
0812 AM FLASH FLOOD PINE BLUFF 34.21N 92.02W
08/31/2012 JEFFERSON AR LAW ENFORCEMENT
MANY STREETS IN THE PINE BLUFF AREA ARE FLOODED.
0804 AM FLASH FLOOD FORDYCE 33.82N 92.41W
08/31/2012 DALLAS AR EMERGENCY MNGR
TORRENTIAL RAIN WAS CAUSING STREET FLOODING IN FORDYCE.
0255 PM NON-TSTM WND DMG RUSSELLVILLE 35.27N 93.14W
08/30/2012 POPE AR PUBLIC
TREE REPORTED DOWN.
0233 PM NON-TSTM WND DMG 2 W DOWNTOWN LITTLE ROC 34.73N 92.27W
08/30/2012 PULASKI AR TRAINED SPOTTER
TREES REPORTED DOWN ON THE UAMS CAMPUS.
0220 PM NON-TSTM WND DMG NORTH LITTLE ROCK 34.79N 92.26W
08/30/2012 PULASKI AR PUBLIC
TREE DOWN ON JFK AND 20TH STREET.
1230 PM NON-TSTM WND DMG SHERWOOD 34.83N 92.21W
08/30/2012 PULASKI AR PUBLIC
LARGE TREE LIMB DOWN.