Arkansas Levee Fails: Flooding Closes 100s of Roads in 3 States
- Author: Archie Newman May 06, 2017,
May 06, 2017, 2:11
The incident occurred after a Black River levee broke in Pocahontas, a town located approximately 125 miles northeast of Little Rock.
"Residents should evacuate immediately in east Pocahontas and points southeast in Randolph and Lawrence counties", the Weather Service wrote in a bulletin.
"Today they have identified nine levee breaches in Randolph County alone, three of these breaches of the levees appear to be categorized as major, and this, of course, impacts the flooding in Lawrence County, which we're watching very carefully", Hutchinson said in a press conference.
The governor declared a state of emergency Monday after more than a week of severe storms, flooding and tornadoes. He also reminded people not to drive over flooded roadways.
The scene is already unbelievable, and there's more rain moving in on Wednesday.
Missouri is recovering after heavy rains hit the state during the weekend, devastating some areas and swelling many rivers.
Officials are warning of the dangers left behind by a devastating flood as hundreds of displaced residents prepare to return to their homes along the Meramec River in suburban St. Louis. Businesses ... homes ... and any structures will flood. Health officials say children should not play in floodwater, and that children and pets should avoid toys soaked in the water.
Sections of Pocahontas, Arkansas were almost completely submerged on Tuesday, May 2 due to spillover from the Black River. 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. "Move to higher ground now".