Levee Fails At Pocahontas Threatening Residents With Floodwaters

"Residents should evacuate immediately in east Pocahontas and points southeast in Randolph and Lawrence counties", the Weather Service wrote in a bulletin.

The Arkansas National Guard says there are 120 Guardsmen deployed to Northeast Arkansas supporting eight different disaster relief operations.

At least 20 people died in the storms, but the levee breach took things to another level. The Arkansas State Police department is also assisting, with 23 troopers or personnel to assist in search and rescues, traffic control, as well as to provide communications support.

Hutchinson said 27 counties have declared emergency situations, which he followed up with statewide emergency declarations.

That's the reality in northeast Arkansas where flood waters continue to rise, forcing many roads like Highway 63 to close.

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At least 50 homes were destroyed or sustained major damage due to the flooding, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.

"It's going to be bad". "Some of the guys are telling me, 'its never got up that high at your house.' Famous last words".

Across the state, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson said some 500 people have been evacuated. Hutchinson advised residents of the area to listen to officials and follow instructions to evacuate as needed. 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.

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.

  • Alfonso Moody