Heavy rainfall across the area continued to wreak havoc with roadways Wednesday, and according to the National Weather Service in Tulsa, will continue to cause trouble for motorists at least through Thursday evening.
Mountain Fork Creek washed out much of Natural Dam Road on Wednesday morning due to rising water, and a flood warning was issued for the Arkansas River near Van Buren, affecting Crawford and Sebastian counties. Minor flooding occurred near the shoreline in Van Buren at the I-540 bridge, moving east toward Lavaca.
While motorists struggled with minor flood conditions on land, boaters had to contend with southerly winds gusting between 25 and 35 mph on the water. The line of thunderstorms moved southeast across the state, where pea-sized hail was observed by National Weather Service personnel following the storms, though no major damage was reported.
Lee Creek near Van Buren was above flood stage just before 5 p.m., washing out the access road for Tailwater Park and campgrounds near Rena Road, and the Mulberry River near Mulberry caused minor flooding in the area.