Levee breaks in Arkansas as record flooding continues to plague the region

Flooding Black River Pocahontas
Highway 67 in Pocahontas Tuesday morning as flooding grows along the Black River. Credit KAIT Channel 8/Jonesboro
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06 May, 2017

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As flood waters continue to rise in northeast Arkansas, Gov. Asa Hutchinson is sending additional manpower and resources to the area. He held a press conference in Pocahontas, where the Black River is overtaking a key levee.

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

The Arkansas National Guard says there are 120 Guardsmen deployed to Northeast Arkansas supporting eight different disaster relief operations. NWS states that water rescues are occurring just south of Pocahontas in the Shannon community.

More than 400 flights were delayed on Thursday at the Capital International Airport after visibility fell to between 1.25-2.25 miles (2-3.6 km).

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According to the Pocahontas Star Herald, 150 homes were evacuated and some 50 people were forced into shelters that were set up by officials at the local nursing home.

"It's going to be bad".

Governor Hutchinson said state officials are carefully monitoring the situation in Lawrence County.

More sandbags are being piled on top of levees in an evacuated eastern Missouri city, but local officials are confident the area will stay dry as floodwaters recede. "Do not attempt to travel unless you are fleeing an area subject to flooding or under an evacuation order". "Don't second guess them, but heed the admonition and the order to evacuate". A school bus trying to drive on a flooded road got stuck and almost tipped over near the town of Iowa, Louisiana.

The Black River reached record levels this week in parts of Arkansas and Missouri, following storms that dumped up to a foot of rain on parts of the two states last weekend.


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