TRUMANN, Ark. (localmemphis.com) - Monday’s flash flooding across northeast Arkansas caused headaches in many communities and forced an early dismissal for schools in Trumann, AR, 70 miles northwest of Memphis.
District leaders let the roughly 1500 students go home at 1:00 p.m. and will close schools Tuesday as a precaution as rain continues to fall overnight.
Not only did the flash flooding in Poinsett County cause safety and transportation concerns, the precipitation also backed up the sewage system at the middle school building.
The torrential rains left district leaders with little choice.
"Anytime we have extended rain, we are very careful,” Trumann School District Superintendent Myra Graham said.
That abundance of caution grew Monday morning, when flooding in Trumann made many streets unsafe and backed up restrooms at Trumann Middle School.
"The infrastructure in the older school with the sewage system has not helped us,” Superintendent Graham said.
With the rain not letting up, district leaders dismissed early Monday and schools will be closed Tuesday. It will be an AMI, or alternative methods of instruction, day, so Trumann students will have assignments but won’t have to make up the day later.
"A lot of online things and we send home packets with the children,” Superintendent Graham said.
Trumann parents we caught up appreciated the extra precautions, especially with school buses and the threat of rising water.
"At least they are taking their time out and actually letting our kids go home instead of us parents having to fight and get them picked up a decent time,” Jamie Compton said.
District leaders told Local 24 News the sewage backup Monday shouldn’t be a long term issue once the rain clears and the ground dries.