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Benton County roads impassable due to flooding



BENTON COUNTY, Ark. — Some roads in Benton County are starting to open back up after being closed Wednesday (April 28) because of flooding. At one point, more than 30 Benton County roads were closed.

The following roadways are currently impacted by high water:

  • Smith Ridge Road – entire road impassable
  • Stoney Point Road – entire road impassable
  • Mill Damn Road – entire road impassable
  • Phillips Cemetery Road – entire road impassable
  • Posy Mountain Drive – closed from Posy Mountain turnoff to Gully Ridge Road
  • Price Coffee Road – section from J Street to B.C. 40 is open, other section will remain closed until repairs can be made
  • Fisher Ford Road – bridge is impassable
  • Snavely Road – bridge is impassable
  • Haden Road – entire road is impassable
  • Stateline Road – entire road is impassable
  • Drake Road – entire road is impassable
  • West Wagon Wheel Road – bridge is impassable
  • East Gaiche Road – entire road is impassable
  • Rocky Comfort Road – entire road is impassable
  • Colonel Meyers Road – closed from the bridge to Wager Road.
  • Bill Billings Road – entire road impassable
  • Gooseberry Road – entire road impassable
  • Shrader Road – entire road impassable
  • Spanker Creek Road – closed at low water crossing
  • Corinth Road – entire road impassable
  • Wager Road – closed from Colonel Meyers Road to the west
  • North Old Wire Road – bridge at Sugar Creek Road intersection (in Avoca) closed indefinitely until repairs can be made

A horse ranch on Price Coffee Road flooded this morning, and horses had to be rescued.

“From the creek, it came up and took out all of our back fields and come up into the barn and through all the stalls, and it was literally roaring through the barn like a river,” Melissa Edwards said.

Melissa Edwards says over half of their fences were taken down by rushing water. She told 5NEWS they had to quickly rescue more than a dozen horses in over knee-deep water, which isn’t easy.

“They get very nervous with this kind of stuff. A lot of them don’t want to go in knee-deep water. They don’t know what’s underneath it. We had big trees rushing down in and around them., but everyone did really great, and we got them all moved,” she said.

Benton County Emergency Management Director Robert McGowan says road crews have been out all day and will continue to monitor roads that need to be closed and ones that can be reopened.

“A lot of people consider the saying turn around don’t drown to be cliché, but it’s very true. We have individuals. There are individuals we think they can drive through the water because they’ve driven thru there before, but they don’t know what’s under that water if the road has washed out,” he said.