CONWAY POLICE WARN OF STANDING WATER

by Gair on January 31, 2013

CONWAY POLICE ARE ASKING DRIVERS TO USE CAUTION THURSDAY BECAUSE OF THE CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF RAIN AND STORM RUNOFF.

LT. CHRIS PERLEY SAID LATE THURSDAY MORNING THERE HADN’T BEEN ANY MAJOR STORM RELATED PROBLEMS BUT THERE WAS CONSIDERABLE PONDING OF WATER ON ROADS IN CONWAY – AND IN PARKING LOTS.

PERLEY SAYS THE STANDING WATER CAN BECOME EVEN MORE OF A HAZARD AT NIGHT BECAUSE IT’S HARD TO SEE – CAN HIDE ROAD HAZARDS – AND POSSIBLY CAUSE A DRIVER TO LOSE CONTROL IF DRIVEN INTO AT SPEED.

CONWAY FIRE CHIEF STEVE SOLOMON SAYS HE ANTICIPATES MINOR ROUTINE FLOODING BECAUSE OF THE WEATHER. HE SAYS LOW LYING AREAS OF TRANSVALE ACRES WERE FLOODING EARLY THIRSDAY AFTERNOON.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ISSUED A FLOOD WARNING FOR THE SACO RIVER IN CONWAY EARLY THURSDAY AFTERNOON BECAUSE A LARGE ICE JAM WAS CAUSING WATER LEVELS TO CHANGE QUICKLY. SOLOMON SAYS THE ICE STARTED NEAR THE RIVER CHURCH IN CENTER CONWAY AND EXTENDED ABOUT A MILE UPSTREAM.

THE WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST PREDICTED THE RIVER WOULD FALL BELOW FLOOD STAGE OF NINE FEET BY LATE THURSDAY EVENING.

SOLOMON CAUTIONS DRIVERS NOT TO DRIVE THROUGH ANY ROADS THAT ARE FLOODED.

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