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Eastbound Lanes of I-40 Are Now Shut Down

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The Arkansas Highway Department and Arkansas State Police have shut down both eastbound lanes of Interstate-40. The westbound lanes were closed around 3:00p.m. Wednesday and remain closed. The closure and detour is between Hazen and Brinkley.

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For the first time in state history a part of Interstate-40 closes due to high water. The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department has shut down I-40 between Hazen and Brinkley. 

Drivers coming from Memphis will be diverted to Highway 64 toward Bald Knob to then travel south on Highway 67 / 167.

And those going eastbound are forced to take the Hazen exit and travel south, before meeting back with the interstate at Forrest City.

The Prairie County Office of Emergency Management says a few sandbags have been put on the levee east of the White River but it is in good shape. It has NOT broken.

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Due to flooding, the Highway Department and Arkansas Department of Emergency Management confirm Interstate 40 will shut down this afternoon at the 216 mile marker. 

That area is east of Hazen and west of Bisco in Monroe County. Officials say they plan to close west-bound lane first, before shutting down the east-bound lane.

Officials are asking drivers use Highway 49 and 64 as detour route to Bald Knob.

We have a crew en route and will bring live coverage on Live at 5 and Channel 7 News at 6.