A strong thunderstorm hit Redfield early Friday night and caused damage on the south side of town according to the Jefferson County Office of Emergency Management.
“There were no injuries from the storm,” said OEM Operations Manager Melinda Elliott. “The damage started on Quapaw and went to the northeast from there for approximately one mile. There was a house with structural damage on Osage Drive, a house on Bradshaw Lane and two homes on Handley Lane with structural damage. One shop was also damaged. The worst damage is on Rhoades Road and Bradshaw. Rhoades is impassable with trees and power lines down at multiple locations.”
The Entergy Arkansas online outage map indicated 74 households without power in Redfield as of 8:30 p.m. Friday night.
“[Jefferson] County Judge Dutch King is out inspecting the damage,” Elliott said. “Entergy crews are on scene and the Jefferson County Road Department is on scene clearing the roadways of storm debris.”
The National Weather Service forecast a 90 percent chance of heavy rain Friday night and issued a Flash Flood Watch for Jefferson County effective until overnight Saturday.
The NWS forecasts a 100 percent chance of severe thunderstorms during the day Saturday with up to three inches of rain through the period ending Saturday night.