Wednesday, May 25, 2016


Jonesboro got more than 6 inches of rain in three hours yesterday, turning streets into rivers and washing a 13-year-old boy several blocks through a storm drain before he was rescued by police who heard his calls for help through a curbside grate.

The drainage ditch south of Morgan's house turned into a raging torrent, partially flooding the house next door and threatening her house as well. She and Maria had challenging drives home at the height of the storm that more than doubled the previous May 24 record rainfall of 2.77 inches in Jonesboro.

It rained hard here, starting about 4 p.m., but when we checked the rain gauge this morning, we found only one inch of water. That eight miles between us and Jonesboro made a big difference.

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