Levee in Arkansas fails as flooding threatens South, Midwest

Posted May 06, 2017

Both rivers were at major flood stage Friday and water was seeping over levees at West Alton.

At least 20 people died in the storms, but the levee breach took things to another level.

Overlook Park in Pocahontas Erika Ferrando
Overlook Park in Pocahontas Erika Ferrando

The governor added that 108 Arkansas National Guardsmen had been deployed to the areas of primary concern while 25 National Guard vehicles were prepared for high-water rescue efforts in Northeast Arkansas. Water rescues are ongoing, the NWS said.

"Right now it's all about the protection of lives and property", Hutchinson said, adding that he has no doubt that a federal disaster declaration will eventually come from Washington, which will provided additional money and resources. After a couple of days of calm weather, forecasters expect 2 inches of rain or more in parts of the same hard-hit areas through Thursday.

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The Randolph County Office of Emergency Management says about 150 people are affected by the evacuations in east Pocahontas. Hundreds of homes and businesses were damaged in Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas and IL.

"It's going to be bad".

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The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management said the flash flood warning is in effect until 6:45 a.m. Thursday morning. The local response teams and authorities have more information on the rising floodwaters, weather and circumstances and the need for the evacuation, so don't second guess them. A school bus trying to drive on a flooded road got stuck and almost tipped over near the town of Iowa, Louisiana.

Seven deaths in the state have been attributed to storms since heavy rain fell last weekend, while the governor noted a search continues for one child still missing.

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