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Levee breach leads to flooding in northeast Arkansas

06 May 2017

108 Arkansas National Guard members are now in the area, he said, along with 25 vehicles capable of conducting high-water rescues.

About 50 homes in Randolph County in Arkansas have been destroyed or sustained major damage due to flooding. A levee breach near Pocahontas on Wednesday prompted several water rescues.

Major flooding is occurring on the Missouri River in eastern Missouri and the Mississippi River in Missouri and IL.

"My admonition to the public, particularly in northeast Arkansas, is to listen to the local authorities, and if they order evacuation, that you do so quickly", Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Wednesday afternoon, per the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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A river's levee breached northeast of Little Rock, Arkansas Wednesday morning, prompting flash flood warnings from authorities. The Calcasieu River in the Lake Charles area also is well above flood stage.

Evacuation orders were issued on Monday for eastern Pocahontas, which included 150 homes, dozens of businesses and an assisted living facility, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A school bus trying to drive on a flooded road got stuck and almost tipped over near the town of Iowa, Louisiana. "Use caution as flooding and rain continue throughout much of the state". The span was closed Thursday night and is in addition to a 14.5-mile stretch of river closed earlier in the week in St. Louis.

Missouri is recovering after heavy rains hit the state during the weekend, devastating some areas and swelling many rivers. Residents in nearby communities have been urged to seek higher ground.

Levee breach leads to flooding in northeast Arkansas