Update: Fort Smith drowning victim identified


FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — Update: Police say Saturday morning’s drowning victim has been identified as 47-year-old Debra Stevens of Fort Smith.

Stevens was reportedly delivering newspapers near the 5800 block of Kinkead Avenue when swift waters washed her car off the roadway.

Police say she was unable to exit her vehicle.

Original story — Police in Fort Smith say a woman has died after attempting to drive through a flooded roadway following heavy rainfall.

Police say thunderstorms that moved through northwest Arkansas on Saturday have caused some flash flooding, mostly throughout the north side of Fort Smith.

The name of the woman has not been released as police were still investigating Saturday morning.

Fort Smith police say some residents were forced to leave their homes due to flooding and the Red Cross has set up a temporary shelter at a local church.

The National Weather Service says the storms caused flooding across west central Arkansas. The heavy rainfall led to a nearly 10-inch (25.4 centimeters) rise in water levels along Richland Creek near Witts Spring in Searcy County in north Arkansas.

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