Wet roads are causing delays and trouble

    6:51 PM, Dec 24, 2009   |    comments
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    Many travelers across Central Arkansas found themselves bumper to bumper Thursday.

    Parts of many major highways across the state were forced to shut down temporarily.

    Traffic between Pulaski County and Saline County was at a standstill for the majority of the morning.

    According to the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, waterways like Fourche Creek, Otter Creek and Crooked Creek added to the problems.

    "There is just nowhere for the water to go," says Randy Ort of the transportation department.

    Reports indicate that state police were forced to shut down I-30 west going into Saline County due to flooding, causing traffic to be backed up for miles and frustrating many drivers trying to get home for the holidays.

    "There is no highway that is going to take me to Texas and now I'm stuck looking for directions so it really complicated my plans," says Latoya Shelly, who was traveling from Chicago.
    Nicholas Rogers, a college student from Conway, found himself with little gas and no money.

    "I don't get paid until the 30th, and I used the last bit of money for gas to get to Hope and now I-30 is flooded," says Rogers.

    If you haven't hit the road yet, highway officials are telling people to get a map and get creative when planning your trip, and hope that the weather clears up.

    I'm probably going back to Conway and trying to wait it out and having a dinky little Christmas at my apartment," says Rogers.

    If you are flying to a destination or picking somebody up, to track arrival/departures and possible delays, visit the Little Rock National Airport's Web site.

    If you are driving to a destination, for road conditions, visit the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department's Web site.

    If you have any weather pictures, you can e-mail them to news@todaysthv.com.

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