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More than 70 dogs rescued from Arkansas animal shelter after Barry's rain triggers flooding

July 16, 2019; 12:57 PM

Barry continues its move further inland, weakening as it pushes north but drenching areas that lie in its path with heavy rainfall and causing flooding in parts of Illinois.

The powerful storm has weakened since making landfall in Louisiana as a hurricane on Saturday, and had been downgraded to a tropical rainstorm on Monday. The flood threat remains high as the storm is expected to expand farther to the north into the mid-Mississippi valley and lower Ohio valley.

"Barry has moved well away from Arkansas at this point. Barry's poorly defined center is over southern Illinois as of Tuesday evening. There are lines of heavy thunderstorms located over eastern Ohio and from central Indiana to far southern Illinois," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Frank Strait said of the storm's position as of late Tuesday evening.

A third is over southern lower Michigan, causing flooding around the Detroit metro area, according to Strait.

"For example, 4.02 inches of rainfall was reported in 90 minutes near Ypsilanti, Michigan. There will continue to be a risk for flooding from any of the slow moving downpours that Barry will produce over the Midwest overnight on Tuesday, moving into New York and Pennsylvania after midnight. Locally damaging winds cannot be ruled out with any thunderstorm as well," Strait said.

Earlier this week, Louisiana felt the brunt of Barry's rainfall with a total as high as 23.43 inches reported in the town of Ragley. AccuWeather meteorologists predicted an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 24 inches of rain could fall in some isolated places as Barry unleashed its tropical rains. The Mississippi Valley was also among areas hit the hardest by Barry.

As Louisiana and Mississippi continue to experience the aftermath of the storm, including widespread flooding, floodwaters have inundated parts of Arkansas.

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People wade through a flooded street after Hurricane Barry in Mandeville, Louisiana, U.S. July 13, 2019.

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A vehicle passes a toppled gas pump canopy in Berwick, La., following a severe weather assault from Tropical Storm Barry, Saturday, July 13, 2019.

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Tyler Holland guides his bike through the water as winds from Tropical Storm Barry push water from Lake Pontchartrain over the seawall Saturday, July 13, 2019, in Mandeville, Louisiana.

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Barry Williams talks to a friend on his smartphone as he wades through storm surge from Lake Pontchartrain on Lakeshore Drive in Mandeville, Louisiana, as Hurricane Barry approaches Saturday, July 13, 2019.

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Aimee Cutter, the owner of Beach House restaurant, walks through water surge from Lake Pontchartrain on Lakeshore Drive in Mandeville, Louisiana.

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The flood wall near the Long-Allen Bridge in Morgan City, La., continues to protect residents and area businesses as the waters rose in the Atchafalaya River, Friday, July 12, 2019.

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A man in a wheelchair makes his way down Bourbon Street in the French Quarter Saturday, July 13, 2019, in New Orleans, as Tropical Storm Barry nears landfall.


Tree damage and power lines down across Morgan City, Louisiana from Hurricane Barry including this large tree crushing a vehicle.


Significant wind gust knocks down a tree in Old Metairie on Oaklawn and Service Road in Metairie, Louisiana.


Significant wind gust knocks down a tree in Old Metairie on Oaklawn and Service Road in Metairie, Louisiana.

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Workers board up windows in the French Quarter Friday, July 12, 2019, in New Orleans, ahead of Tropical Storm Barry. Barry strengthened to a hurricane on Saturday.

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Wind blows through the trees as there was very little flooding from Lake Pontchartrain on Lakeshore Drive in New Orleans, Saturday, July 13, 2019 ahead of landfall of Tropical Storm Barry in the Gulf of Mexico.

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A public works dump truck blocks the Morgan City, La., access to the Long-Allen Bridge in the background, ahead of Tropical Storm Barry, Saturday, July 13, 2019. High buffeting winds are sweeping the truss bridge that crosses over the Atchafalaya River between the communities of Berwick and Morgan City.

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Diana Moreno carries a sandbag to her vehicle Friday, July 12, 2019, in Baton Rouge, La., ahead of Tropical Storm Barry.

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Martha Young, center, Patricia Plishka, left, and her husband Glen, right, battle the wind and rain from Hurricane Barry as it nears landfall Saturday, July 13, 2019, in New Orleans.

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People check out the waves on Lakeshore Drive in New Orleans, Friday, July 12, 2019, as water moves in from Lake Pontchartrain from the storm surge from Barry.


Amid the chaos of Barry, a tree toppled over onto a nearby house in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. There have been no reports of injury from this incident.

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Crescent City Steaks Chef Frank Turner, left, and dishwasher Keith Brooks screw in storm protecters over the windows before landfall of Tropical Storm Barry from the Gulf of Mexico in New Orleans.

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A man rides a bicycle on Canal Street Saturday, July 13, 2019, in New Orleans, as Tropical Storm Barry nears landfall.

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As rain bands cover the French Quarter, a green strip remnant of an old Mississippi River levee is nearly submerged as seen atop the current concrete covered Mississippi River levee in Algiers Point.


A NASA satellite captured this image of Tropical Storm Barry before it made landfall.


Lt. Ben Dempster, Sgt. Dave Thibodaux, and Capt. Aaron Arabie in Golden Meadow. Behind them water is washing over LA 1, which is closed to traffic.


LA 1 was closed between St. Charles Bypass Road and Lefort Bypass Road in Thibodaux, Louisiana, due to downed electrical poles and wires after Barry blew through. After a brief stint as a Category 1 hurricane, the storm downsized to a tropical storm.

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Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards held a news conference with updates on Barry on Sunday, July 14.

The tropical rainstorm dumped 6 inches of rain on Arkadelphia, Arkansas, in just seven hours. Floodwaters swamped the local Humane Society, leading to the death of one dog on Monday night.

"SOS!!!!!!!!!!!! We are flooded. It's on the building !!! We need help !! Can any of y'all keep a dog or two at your houses????? It's bad y'all!!! Help help help !!" the Humane Society of Clark County wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday morning.

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Janie Allen with the Humane Society of Clark County said that dogs and puppies were swimming for their lives as the floodwaters moved into their kennels.

"We're pretty deep back here, it has literally ruined food, our medical supplies are ruined," Allen said.

At one point, the floodwater was knee-deep in the facility. The no-kill shelter has about 30 dogs and just invested in upgrades.

"We had just remodeled as you can see. we had put a lot of money into remodeling electrical work and updating electrical work and plumbing," Allen said. "we're kind of back to square one now."

The shelter later shared on Tuesday that more than 70 dogs are now in foster homes, saying "we are so blessed!"

"This community has come to our rescue. Donations. Cleaning. Fostering. It's unbelievable !!!! We still have a way to go, but things are coming along," the Humane Society said in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

Flood watches and warnings were in effect in southern Arkansas on Tuesday morning. At the Monticello Airport, 4.21 inches of rain was recorded, and 3.87 inches of rain was recorded at the Stuttgart Municipal Airport.

Several roads and highways remain flooded and closed in Arkansas into Tuesday, according to the Arkansas Department of Transportation (DOT). A number of accidents, stalled and disabled vehicles have been reported into Tuesday morning. Local officials urge motorists to use caution when headed out into the potentially dangerous conditions.

The heavy rainfall across southwestern Arkansas will likely cause major flooding on the Little Missouri River at Boughton, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) office in Little Rock, Arkansas. The river rose nearly 10 feet overnight, and is forecast to crest 25 feet, which would be the highest since 1950.

Barry will continue to move over the region into Wednesday, and local flooding is likely in impacted areas. The storm will continue to move farther north midweek.

"There will be pockets of heavy rainfall across the Ohio and Tennessee valleys today into tomorrow, but will not be as concentrated as the past couple of days," Walker said.

Barry dumped heavy rainfall on Mississippi and Louisiana over the weekend. The highly anticipated storm prompted local officials to issue warnings and states of emergency well in advance of the storm's landfall.

More than a foot of rain fell in a number of locations in Louisiana, prompting mandatory evacuations and water rescues. More than 90 people had been rescued in 11 Louisiana parishes, but there were no reports of weather-related fatalities, according to Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards.


However, despite the storm impacts, several Louisiana officials stress that the storm could have played out much worse.

On Sunday after the storm had largely moved through the state, Edwards held a news conference, where he said that he was "extremely grateful" that the storm had not caused the disastrous floods that had earlier been forecast.

"This was a storm that could've played out very, very differently," Edwards said. "We leaned forward. We were prepared for the risks, the threats that were forecasted and we're thankful that the worst-case scenario did not happen. But understand here in Louisiana if nowhere else, that will not always be the case."


New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell passed along a similar message at a news conference on Sunday, saying the city was "beyond lucky" that rainfall in New Orleans did not reach the levels of early predictions.

While heavy rain was the largest threat from the storm, it wasn't the only impact, as strong winds and potential tornadoes knocked down trees and power lines. At the height of the storm, over 150,000 customers across Louisiana had lost power, according to PowerOutage.US.

Impacts from Barry were felt along the Florida Panhandle as well. Deadly rip currents continued to plague beaches along the Gulf into Sunday, prompting a number of water rescues. One person died as a result of the strong rip currents, Panama City Beach, Florida, officials report.

Additional reporting by Chaffin Mitchell, Adriana Navarro, Brian Lada, and Kevin Byrne.

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