Sheriff Dead; Game Warden Missing In Arkansas Flooding

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(Scott County, AR) The body of Scott County, AR Sheriff Cody Carpenter has been found after a major flooding event in Scott County, according to Arkansas Game and Fish spokesman Keith Stephens.

Sebastian County search and rescue crews, Logan County search and rescue crews, the Arkansas National Guard and Arkansas Game assisted in the search.

A game warden is still missing along with three others.

Arkansas State Police say other bodies have been found.

Lt. Col. Keith Moore with the Arkansas National Guard said a Blackhawk helicopter was deployed around 8 a.m. from Robinson Air Force Base in North Little Rock to Scott County to assist in the rescue mission.

Highway 71 South from Y City to Mena remains closed Friday morning after heavy rain and severe weather Thursday night.

Eyewitnesses said families are displaced and Scott County dispatchers said swift water rescues have taken place throughout the night.

Areas in LeFlore County received more than six inches of water in storms Thursday night leaving several roads impassible due to high water and damage.

Flash flooding has caused damages to several county roads bridges and culverts in the Haw Creek, Hontubby, Lovings, Page and Reichert-Summerfield areas, according to Michael Davidson the Director of LeFlore County Emergency Management. Emergency repairs are either underway are will be initiated as soon as flood waters recede.

Several homes in the Hontubby and Haw Creek areas have been inundated with water, however Davidson said all persons are safe and accounted for and no injuries have been reported.

Emergency Management staff is working to conduct a damage assessment to determine if damages are significant enough to warrant a major disaster declaration and seek additional recovery assistance from state and federal resources.

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