Update: 3:50 p.m. Friday
Miller County officials sent a truck and trailer with 400 cases of bottled water donated by community members to Dierks, Arkansas today. The Southwest Arkansas town had its water system compromised by the remnants of Tropical Storm Barry that flooded the town early Tuesday morning with more than 16 inches of rain.
Many residents there were without drinking water.
"It's neighbors helping neighbors," said Ronnie Dancer, a permit officer with the Miller County Road Department. "We've got to get them water, whatever it takes."
Dierks is about 60 miles north of Texarkana. It was under a boil order.
The boil order was lifted at 11:30 a.m. today and city water is again safe to use, the Dierks Municipal Water Department confirmed Friday afternoon.
Miller County officials put out the word Thursday and all morning residents dropped off cases of water, filling up the flatbed. The drive ended at 1:30 p.m.
The storm, which started just before midnight midnight Monday, dropped the largest amount of rain ever recorded at this location, according to the National Weather Service Cooperative Observer, which is located in Dierks.
Flash flooding ensued, ravaging most of Howard and Pike counties early Tuesday, resulting in numerous water rescues and considerable damage to structures including Nashville's Police Station and the Howard County jail.
An east-to-west band of heavy rain set up near Nashville shortly before midnight, according to the National Weather Service in Shreveport, La. Significant flooding was reported from Dierks to Nashville to Blevins and Prescott.
A flash flood emergency for southern Pike and Clark counties went into effect shortly before 5 a.m. Tuesday.
At 5:48 a.m., the emergency was expanded for much of Southwestern Arkansas, where more than 10 inches of rain had fallen in some places. About 10 a.m., a flash flood emergency was enacted for Howard, northern Hempstead and northern Nevada counties.