Pine Bluff received 8.23 inches of rain from noon Thursday through 5 p.m. Friday and with 10.54 inches of rain for the month, the barrage figured strongly in giving Pine Bluff its wettest August ever, a National Weather Service spokesman in North Little Rock said Friday.

Pine Bluff received 8.23 inches of rain from noon Thursday through 5 p.m. Friday and with 10.54 inches of rain for the month, the barrage figured strongly in giving Pine Bluff its wettest August ever, a National Weather Service spokesman in North Little Rock said Friday.

Pine Bluff apparently experienced the brunt of the flash flooding from the remnants of Tropical Depression Isaac, officials said.

The rain was enough to cancel the countywide burn ban, according to Karen Quarles, coordinator of the county Office of Emergency Management.

Click here for a photo gallery of images from the flooding.

During Friday’s rains, several streets were closed and motorists were stranded while traveling through flooded areas.

A shelter for evacuees was set up at White Hall United Pentecostal Church at 7745 Sheridan Road to accept the overflow from the Salvation Army, a church spokesman said.

The Pine Bluff School District dismissed students at 12:30 p.m. Friday because of the weather, and principals and staff were dismissed at 2:15 p.m.

The other three school districts, Dollarway, Watson Chapel and White Hall were scheduled to dismiss their students at the regular time, according to spokesmen.

Major Lafayette Woods Jr., operations commander for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, said deputies were called to assist the Pine Bluff Fire Department in the area of 13th Avenue and Palm Street to check the welfare of a person who might have been trapped by high water.

Woods said deputies had deployed their rescue boat but that proved unnecessary as they were able to determine that the person in the house had apparently gotten out before the water hit.

“We’ve had very few calls about stranded motorists or stalled vehicles in the county,” Woods said. “The bulk of the problems have been inside the city limits.”

Additionally, deputies are monitoring the Island Harbor area which is prone to flooding problems during heavy rain events but so far, no problems had been reported.

Jefferson County Judge Mike Holcomb said high water was reported all over the county as a result of the heavy rains.

“Every low spot, every creek, every ditch in the county was flooded for a while,” Holcomb said. “It’s started to go down now,” he said at mid-day. “But for a while it was pretty chaotic.”

“We had a heavy cry for sandbags and we gave out a lot of them, some that were filled and some people had to fill themselves because we got behind,” he said.

Holcomb said he had not been all over the county yet to assess the damage but “it seemed like the Watson Chapel area got more (rain) than other spots, just based on what I’ve seen so far.”

Meanwhile, flood waters receded around much of Pine Bluff by early evening before a brief storm blew through later. Residents in west Pine Bluff near Fifth Avenue and Blake complained that they were not receiving the help they needed to prevent water from getting into their homes and couldn’t even flush their commodes because of problems with flash flooding.

Department of Corrections spokeswoman Shea Wilson said the chapel at Tucker Prison received some water, but there were no problems at the prison itself.

“There is a bayou that runs behind the chapel and we have issues with water threatening the chapel when we see the volume of rain like we’ve had today in that area,” Wilson said in an e-mail to The Commercial. “There are areas of State Farm Road that were flooded in places during the downpour.”