LONOKE COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) — Flooding in Lonoke County has prompted road and school closures.
Lonoke Public School District is closed Thursday, March 1 due to widespread flooding across the county. It will be an AMI day, according to the district.
Meanwhile, a number of roads are closed across the county, prompting a strong message from Sheriff John Staley.
"Stay out of the water," he said. "We've still got people going around the barricades."
South Kerr Road is closed north and south of Interstate 40. A 12-year resident of the area called this flooding the worst he's seen near his home.
It only takes a few inches of water to sweep your vehicle off the road. As if that isn't enough reason to obey barricades, the sheriff offered another.
"If there's a barricade up, you go around it, we catch ya, we're writing you a ticket," Sheriff Staley said. "That could even result in an arrest and a bond."
Staley said Lonoke County first responders have responded to multiple high water rescues since the rain started last Wednesday. He said there is 'zero tolerance' for drivers who disregard barricades.
"We will come rescue you, but you will still get a ticket," Staley said. "We're not getting your car. There's not a tow company right now that's going to recover your car with this water so high because it's too dangerous."
"We're here to help," Staley said. "Please don't make this job any harder. it's already tough enough."