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Tontitown mayor signs emergency declaration due to overwhelming flooding

The declaration goes into effect immediately and will last for 30 days.

TONTITOWN, Ark. — Tontitown Mayor Gene McCartney signed an emergency declaration Thursday, May 5, after heavy rains and storms caused floodwaters to rise in the city. 

According to the declaration, floodwaters caused damage to private property and public infrastructure and also created dangerous conditions that threaten the health, safety and welfare of Tontitown residents. Three water rescues were reported in the city as well. 

The City of Tontitown will work with surrounding counties and the State of Arkansas to ensure recovery from the storms can begin as soon as possible.

The declaration is effective immediately and will stay in effect for 30 days.

Washington County also made a disaster declaration Thursday after floodwaters rose across the county,.

More than 60 people were rescued from floodwaters in Washington County on Thursday. The Fayetteville Fire Department says it launched all of its rescue boats to help residents and stranded drivers. 

Click here for the latest road closures in Northwest Arkansas.

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