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Flooding in Arkansas Strains Levees

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It has been more than 25 years since Arkansas has seen such dramatic flooding. Levees along the Black, Arkansas, and White rivers have been able to prevent widespread destruction and death so far.

Unfortunately, the state’s wheat crop, roads, and other transportation infrastructure have taken financial hits that are worth millions of dollars. North of Des Arc on Saturday, the Black River did breach through a levee.
Sandbag volunteers have been working unceasingly to plug the coming tide of flood waters. In Georgetown, a small Arkansas town and one of the oldest settlements in the state, the White River crested Monday at a record 30.15 feet. People living in the town were warned that the settlement would be cut off from all outside access to the town. In the area, the flood waters were expanding over 20 miles of flat farmland.

The Mississippi River is the ultimate area of worry now as all of the flood waters from last week’s floods flow south into the delta lands of Louisiana. More information about the flood and resources for assistance can be found at the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management.