With remnants of Hurricane Gustav over Arkansas Counties Impacted by Flooding

NORTH LITTLE ROCK –With remnants of Hurricane Gustav over Arkansas, the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) has reports of flooding in several counties.

Most areas are reporting flooding in low lying areas and a few impassible roads.  Three people from the Hampton Cove assisted living apartments in Calhoun County have been evacuated and are staying with family.

The State Emergency Operations Center remains activated at its highest level to respond to any needs local governments may have.

ADEM encourages Arkansans to practice flood safety and to always have a disaster supply kit in the home and vehicle.  Please remember not to underestimate the power of floodwater.

Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control. Twelve inches of water will float many cars.
Two feet of rushing water will carry off pick-up trucks, SUVs and most other vehicles.Water across a road may hide a missing segment of roadbed or a missing bridge.

When there’s water on the road:  Turn Around, Don’t Drown.  ADEM officials say that if you are driving and your vehicle stalls in flood water, the best advice is to get out quickly and move to higher ground. Saving your life is as simple as choosing an alternate route.

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) is the state’s homeland security and preparedness agency. The agency works to identify and lessen the effects of emergencies, disasters and threats to Arkansas by developing effective prevention, preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery actions for all disasters and emergencies.  For additional information, contact ADEM at (501) 683-6700 or visit the website at www.adem.arkansas.gov.