No doubt Cindy had lost most of her punch as she reached the Arkansas Delta. However, Helena-West Helena and Phillips County residents woke up Friday morning to a heavy deluge of rainfall that flooded many areas of the city.

No doubt Cindy had lost most of her punch as she reached the Arkansas Delta. However, Helena-West Helena and Phillips County residents woke up Friday morning to a heavy deluge of rainfall that flooded many areas of the city.

It was a difficult drive to work for many local commuters. Sections of Highway 49 were reported flooded as were main thoroughfares such as Plaza Street and Oakland Avenue.

Some roads were practically impassable, particularly in small vehicles. A few people were briefly stranded in their homes until the rain finally subsided. In some areas roadways looked like river rapids and some land became invisible to the eye. Water reportedly seeped into some Helena-West Helena homes.

Cindy reportedly spawned tornadoes and straight line winds as the tropical storm that formed Tuesday in the Gulf of Mexico moved inland across Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana before finally reaching Arkansas early Friday morning. The storm was blamed for one death. A 10-year-old St. Louis, Missouri boy, who was vacationing with his parents on the Alabama Gulf Coast, was killed when he was struck by a large log that was washed ashore by a large wave.

Arkansas agriculture experts reported that the rain resulting from Cindy might actually be beneficial for farmers with unirrigated fields. Rice farmers were warned to watch water levels and flow to keep levees and gates from breaking.

Fields and forests were expected to be difficult to access following the rain.

No serious damage, injuries or power outages were reported locally as a result of the storm.

The Associated Press also contributed to this report.