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Officials prepare for severe weather after last year's flooding in Arkansas

As Dumas saw flash flooding on Tuesday, officials told us how they want to encourage their communities to stay safe and be mindful.

DUMAS, Ark. — After heavy rain caused some flash flooding in Arkansas Monday into Tuesday, it was a reminder of a big event last summer. In June 2021, Dumas experienced severe flooding that left many homes damaged.

Governor Asa Hutchinson declared a state of emergency for the area.

Dumas was under a flash flood watch Tuesday. The water piled back up and officials want community members to be mindful and stay safe.

"From that we've learned that people that live in flood prone areas just have to be pretty vigilant," said Dumas Fire Chief Doug Weatherford. "If water starts coming up, get out before it gets too deep."

He said they have about 2,000 sand bags ready to go for anybody who may need them.

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Fire Chief Weatherford said the same inmates from the Arkansas Corrections help bag the sand. Some community groups bring them lunch as a thank you.

Weatherford also said if individuals are in areas phone to flooding they should be just as prepared with a plan in place to get out.

“Last year, we had one person call that was in distress and needed help getting out last year we had sandbags, but now near enough," said Weatherford.

Sandbags can be picked up at the open auxiliary location, Dumas Fire Department Station #2, 901 E Choctaw St, Dumas, AR 71639.

For people who need bags delivered that can call the Dumas Fire Department Station #2 at (870) 382-5511.

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