Incoming weather threatening progress in Mayflower, Arkansas

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    MAYFLOWER, Ark. (KTHV) -- The cleanup effort in Mayflower continues, but officials are working on contingency plans to deal with possible severe weather forecast for Wednesday.

    Cleanup crews were hard at work Tuesday trying to make as much headway as possible.

    Faulkner County Judge Allen Dodson said crews are trying to collect as much oil as they can before storms move through Wednesday.

    "We're using the sunlight and the dry conditions right now to get up as much as we can. Same time we've got areas that are clean and we don't want rain water runoff to carry oil into clean areas," he explained.

    Preparations include securing equipment and strengthening the containment system protecting Lake Conway. Dodson said crews are taking all the proper precautions.

    "We're sandbagging areas and putting more absorbent booms out to protect certain areas that are clean, so we don't have to go back and clean them again."

    Dodson added that with several inches of rain possible, it is unknown what implications heavy run-off would cause.

    "A lot of it is going to depend on how fast it is," he said. "That's what dictates how fast the water run-off is in ditches and into storm drains."

    The looming storms have delayed evacuated residents hoping to return home.
    Dodson said he hopes mother nature doesn't add insult to injury.

    "We've made a lot of progress, so we're just thankful we've gotten the oil up that we have," he concluded. "We don't want to lose ground with rainwater pushing oil into clean areas."

    Officials said arrangements have been made to shelter the cleanup responders in the event severe weather threatens the area.

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