LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Storms Friday and Saturday brought widespread flooding and damage throughout most of Arkansas. Governor Hutchinson has declared a state of emergency.
PHOTOS: Storm damage and flooding across Arkansas after severe storms
The only confirmed tornado in Arkansas so far is an EF-1 in Bellefonte. The National Weather Service estimates that it was on the ground for two minutes.
Many areas across the state have roads blocked off due to flooding and down power lines. Do not try to cross roads that are covered in water or have down power lines across them. This is very dangerous.
"Mayor Castleberry and your Conway Police Department are asking residents who don't have to get out to please stay off the roads. The flooding is creating a very dangerous situation. If you are out please be cautious and do not drive into standing water. It only takes a small amount of water to sweep a vehicle away," said Officer LaTresha Woodruff with the Conway Police Department.
If you see down power lines or flooded roads call your local police department to report it.
There have been three storm related deaths in Arkansas. According to the Associated Press, a 10-year-old girl from Springdale was found dead after she was swept away by flood water. Eureka Springs Firefighters recovered the body of a woman who rode an inner tube in a creek. The third death was caused when a tree was blown into the home of 65-year-old Julia Schwede from DeWitt.
There are also two missing children after the vehicle they were in was swept off a bridge by floodwater. The Madison County Sheriff's Office is searching for the 18-month-old and 4-year-old.
In Maumelle, the Maumelle Fire and Rescue evacuated several people by boat last night. Floodwaters were so high that some people could not safely leave their homes by themselves.
In Damascus, flooding has washed away several water lines. People that live in Peavine Creek Cove, Cash Springs, Castleberry, Cedar Hill, Spears, Sugar Maple, parts of West Republican, and Hwy 285 south of West Republican will be without water for 24 to 36 hours. After that these areas will be under a boil order for at least three days, according to Damascus Clerk Pam Mahan.
In Faulkner County, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has issued a flood warning for homes near Lake Conway. Sunday morning, spillway gates were opened which could cause Lake Conway's water level to rise over 266 feet, according to the Faulkner County Sheriff's Office. This could flood some houses in low lying areas around the lake.
"Please continue to monitor the situation in your area and take any necessary precautions," said the Faulkner County Sheriff's Office on their Facebook Page.
The bridge across Mill Creek on Blair Road in Greenbrier has collapsed. The road will be closed for up to four months, according to the Faulkner County Sheriff's Office.
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