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City escapes heavy damage


Remnants of Hurricane Isaac — more than nine-inches of rain and heavy winds — caused extensive flooding in Pine Bluff, but White Hall escaped with little damage Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

There was some flooding on Michelle, Meredith and Whitefield streets and along Claud Road, Mayor Noel Foster said Friday, with water entering one house on Meredith. The latter could have been caused by a plumbing problem, he added.

Falling limbs and trees knocked out electrical services to several hundred Arkansas Entergy customers in and near White Hall during the three-days of stormy weather, but only a handful were still without power and service was expected to be restored by 8 p.m. Saturday, the utility said. Redfield officials said there was no flooding in the Jefferson County community, but a few scattered power outages.

A Pine Bluff woman was injured shortly before noon on Thursday when a tree in the 7100 block of Dollarway Road was blown into the road by high winds, Patrolman Tommy Kelly said.

Debra A. Hickerson, 56, of 3617 Linden, was quoted by Kelly as saying she was northbound on Dollarway when the tree fell on her 2006 Mazda SUV, causing an estimated $9,000 damage to the vehicle.

She was taken by ambulance to Jefferson Regional Medical Center and treated for non-life threating injuries, Kelly said.

The National Weather Service said 9.2 inches of rain was recorded at Pine Bluff’s Grider Field Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with wind gusts Thursday as high as 38 miles an hour and 31 miles an hour on Friday.

The heavy rains ended the burn ban in Jefferson County and a number of White Hall residents took advantage of the ban ending on Sunday and Monday to burn limbs and leaves downed by the high wind, spokesmen said.