Highway shoulders suffer damage from flood - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Highway shoulders suffer damage from flood

(Source: KAIT) (Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT) (Source: KAIT)
LAWRENCE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) -

The water is starting to recede in Lawrence County near Portia.

Water is still flowing across parts of Highway 63 on Thursday, but it is slowly going down.

Lawrence County Judge John Thomison said they are feeling optimistic that the water did not get as high as they thought it would.

While officials do not know home many homes were flooded, a large portion of Portia that was expected to be impacted was not.

The roads leading into Clover Bend are still blocked. Several houses in the area have water inside.

Thomison said they will continue to monitor Highway 63 to see when it will reopen.

“There is still a tremendous amount of debris, and they’re trying to remove all of that,” Thomison said. “And there is significant damage to the shoulder at the point plus the railroad I trying their best to stabilize and see about their tracks. But we were very pleased to see the condition.”

The water damaged part of the highway. The water washed away the shoulder on the southbound lane.

The damaged done to the northbound lane is still unknown since it is still under water.

Thomison hopes it does not hinder them from opening up the highway when that time comes.

“The best thing about it is that’s not the roadway itself,” Thomison said. “The shoulders are significant down through there because of the four-lane situation, but we can get the opened up and it be completely safe while they work to repair those. And the highway department does an excellent job of those things.”

Thomison said he has all the paperwork ready to declare Lawrence County a disaster area, but he is just waiting to see what the state and federal agencies decide.

Thomison said it might be a few days before the highway is reopened.

Copyright 2017 KAIT. All rights reserved.

Watch Region 8 News On Demand: On your Desktop | On your Mobile device

Region 8 News App - Install or update on your: iPhone | Android

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • First Alert Weather Day: Dangerous heat expected across the Pine Belt

    First Alert Weather Day: Dangerous heat expected across the Pine Belt

    Friday, July 20 2018 8:51 AM EDT2018-07-20 12:51:27 GMT
    The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the Pine Belt on Friday. (Photo Source: Pixabay)The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the Pine Belt on Friday. (Photo Source: Pixabay)
    The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the Pine Belt on Friday. (Photo Source: Pixabay)The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the Pine Belt on Friday. (Photo Source: Pixabay)

    The WDAM First Alert Weather Team has enacted a First Alert Weather Day for the Pine Belt due to extreme heat this afternoon. This morning is not too bad as we start out with temperatures in the mid 70s, but this afternoon is going to be awful. The heat will get an early start as temperature reach the 90s before lunchtime. The humidity will make it feel more like the low 100s around that time frame but it doesn't stop there. Temperatures will continue to rise into the afternoon as hi...

    More >>

    The WDAM First Alert Weather Team has enacted a First Alert Weather Day for the Pine Belt due to extreme heat this afternoon. This morning is not too bad as we start out with temperatures in the mid 70s, but this afternoon is going to be awful. The heat will get an early start as temperature reach the 90s before lunchtime. The humidity will make it feel more like the low 100s around that time frame but it doesn't stop there. Temperatures will continue to rise into the afternoon as hi...

    More >>
  • Former sales rep arrested on violations of pretrial release

    Former sales rep arrested on violations of pretrial release

    Friday, July 20 2018 8:18 AM EDT2018-07-20 12:18:19 GMT
    Jay Schaar was arrested on July 10 for violating the conditions of his pretrial hearing. (Photo Source: WDAM)Jay Schaar was arrested on July 10 for violating the conditions of his pretrial hearing. (Photo Source: WDAM)

    Jay Schaar, a former pharmaceutical sales representative, was arrested in Gulfport on July 10.  Based on court documents, the arrest was a result of violations of conditions of his pretrial release. Schaar pleaded guilty on July 25, 2017 to conspiracy to commit health care fraud in a scheme to defraud TRICARE--- a health care program for uniformed service members and their families--- of more than $2.3 million.  Back in March, Schaar took the stand in a fede...

    More >>

    Jay Schaar, a former pharmaceutical sales representative, was arrested in Gulfport on July 10.  Based on court documents, the arrest was a result of violations of conditions of his pretrial release. Schaar pleaded guilty on July 25, 2017 to conspiracy to commit health care fraud in a scheme to defraud TRICARE--- a health care program for uniformed service members and their families--- of more than $2.3 million.  Back in March, Schaar took the stand in a fede...

    More >>
  • Men plead guilty to felony charges after ATF investigation in Hattiesburg

    Men plead guilty to felony charges after ATF investigation in Hattiesburg

    Friday, July 20 2018 7:44 AM EDT2018-07-20 11:44:49 GMT
    An undercover operation in Hattiesburg conducted by the ATF led to several arrests and guilty pleas to felony charges. (Photo source: WDAM archive)An undercover operation in Hattiesburg conducted by the ATF led to several arrests and guilty pleas to felony charges. (Photo source: WDAM archive)

    An undercover operation in Hattiesburg conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives led to several arrests and guilty pleas to felony charges.

    More >>

    An undercover operation in Hattiesburg conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives led to several arrests and guilty pleas to felony charges.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly