White River still rising, causing at least one levee to leak
The Associated Press, March. 27, 2008
CLARENDON, Ark. - Residents along part of the already flooding White River were told to expect waters to rise about a foot day over the next few days, while President Bush provided some relief by declaring federal disaster areas in 35 counties hit over the last week.
Authorities warned small communities and cabin dwellers along the White River National Wildlife Refuge that they will soon be affected by rising waters that have flooded more than half the state.
One thing that we are trying to do around here is keep people concerned about whats going on but not inflict a panic, and its a fine line. It certainly bears monitoring by people along the river, Bays said.
Bays said there were too many variables to predict what will happen when the crest in the White River meets the
Its certainly going to be several feet above what causes some problems, Bays said.
Thursday morning, the National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for points along the
Water will remain on some roads and highways and in some homes into mid-April, as well as cover cropland into May or beyond, Bays said.
"The river's going to be out of its banks for a prolonged period of time," he added.
Levee springs leaks
Outside of Des Arc, water from the
Loy Hamilton, area commander for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' effort on the
"Right now, they're all flowing clear, which is ideal,"
The levee will remain under 24-hour watch as long as the waters remain high,
Heavy rains filled major rivers in northern
Gov. Mike Beebe declared 39 counties more than half the state disaster areas, while Bush issued a federal disaster declaration for 35 counties on Wednesday that provides access to federal funds.
Residents and county officials along the river's path in east-central
"I don't think anybody knows how much higher it's going to get,"
Sand that Reeves got several days ago filled six bags piled against his front door.
Monroe County Judge Larry Morris, chief administrator in the county of about 11,300 people, said he feared the flooding would cut off roads to the area.
The county printed yellow-and-red flyers to distribute to residents, urging them to leave or to have enough food to last "at LEAST two weeks."
Wheat farmers already were reporting damage from the water, Morris said.
Recent heavy rains also flooded parts of
The corps said it began holding back releases from tributary dams in the lower
The move will still provide a pulse of higher water needed to prompt spawning of an endangered fish, the corps said.
State leaders wanted the release stopped, citing a risk of more flooding, and after losing a court effort to stop it they asked President Bush to step in.
The White House said the corps is complying with a long-standing supervised plan and is monitoring weather and river conditions closely. It said the corps would not have conducted the release if it endangered the public.
Meanwhile, the Mississippi River was rising more slowly than had been forecast at
Some areas of
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Water still rising in eastern
Officials begin to assess damage; nearly half of state declared disaster area
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nearly half the state.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency collected reports Wednesday morning from field workers who fanned out the previous day to determine the scope of damage where the waters have receded.
"We are getting a snapshot of damages within a county," FEMA spokesman Bob Alvey said. "The idea is to get information to Gov. Mike Beebe quickly so he can proceed with further requests for federal assistance for infrastructure repairs and for help for individuals.
Volunteers hold back levee
On Tuesday, flood waters near Des Arc reached homes and businesses and pressured levees along the
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning Tuesday morning for rural
Thomas "Babe" Vincent, a levee district board member, praised the spirit of the volunteers.
"We've had people here today from the other side of the river who aren't in danger," Vincent said.
After heavy rains last week, major rivers overflowed their banks, inundating north and central
Beebe, on hand to visit some volunteers at the levee, described seeing the "devastating" flooding from the air on a recent helicopter trip across the state.
"It looked like just a solid lake from Batesville to
Teams of state and federal officials were deployed Tuesday to examine flood-damaged buildings and businesses. Officials first put damages at $2 million, but said it would likely rise well above that once the waters recede.
Meanwhile, residents in east-central
Donald Holland and his wife moved three goats and nine chickens to higher ground but were having trouble finding their turkeys.
"The water's about a foot deep around my trailer,"
Meanwhile, a federal judge in
The corps usually releases extra water in March, and again in May, to prompt spawning of the endangered pallid sturgeon.
John Paul Woodley, the Pentagon's assistant secretary of the Army for civil works, said Tuesday that the corps planned to release water at midnight unless its forecasts changed. The agency's modeling shows that water levels in flooded areas will drop by the time the release reaches them, he said.
"We would not release water to
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Swollen White River threatens rural areas after storms whipped Midwest
The Associated Press, March. 25, 2008
Tommy Jackson, a spokesman for the state Department of Emergency Management, said he didn't know how many people lived in the area, north of Interstate 40 in
"The levee hasn't breached, but it is stressed,"
Bob Alvey, a spokesman for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said he expected nine teams to spread across counties in northwest
"We're hitting areas we can get to because a lot of areas we can't get to," Alvey said Tuesday morning. State and federal officials planned an afternoon news conference to provide an update on damages.
The White River swelled after last week's storms that devastated large parts of the
On Monday, water poured into Bayou Des Arc, an area just north of the town of 1,900, damaging scattered homes and cabins.
"It's the worst," Trey Newby, 17, said as he piloted a small boat with an outboard motor through the brown water in an RV park along Bayou Des Arc.
Downtown Des Arc is on a rise and was not in immediate danger.
Last week's torrential rain also caused flooding in parts of
Although wide areas of
Flood gates protecting the city's business district were closed Monday and will stay closed until the river drops to below 36 feet. There was some minor flooding in
River towns south of the point where the
The Mississippi River is expected to crest Thursday at 42 feet at New Madrid, Mo., an hour south of Cape Girardeau, and at 41 feet Friday in Caruthersville, Mo., enough to cause moderate flooding in both areas, meteorologists said. The river was already at 38.4 feet Monday more than 6 feet above flood stage at Caruthersville, Coast Guard spokesman Dan Norton said.
Farther downstream, the Mississippi River is expected to top flood stage of 43 feet Wednesday at
On April 5, the river is likely to crest at 53.5 feet at
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River crests, but
The Associated Press, March. 23, 2008
Like many residents of this small
"I haven't even lifted my computer off the floor in the office," said Ziegler, who bought the bar in 2005, just after the Army Corps of Engineers finished the levee a few hundred yards away.
Residents of small towns along the Meramec breathed a sigh of relief Saturday as the river crested following days of flooding caused by torrential rainfall across the
Elsewhere, rivers were still rising in southwest
At least 17 deaths have been linked to the weather over the past week, and one person was missing in
Thousands of people in
Much of the flooding in
"For some of these places, this is their 500-year flood," she said.
Authorities were keeping an eye on a levee near
'They're going in and out with boats'
However, no more than 50 homes were likely to be affected in
Most people knew the water was coming and had prepared, Hunt said. "They're going in and out with boats, but have cars parked on higher ground," he said.
The Black River at
Rising water had blocked the only road into the small hamlet of
Snow blows through
In addition to this past week's rain, more snow blew through parts of the Upper Midwest on Saturday, a day after as much as a foot of snow canceled some Good Friday services in parts of southern
More snow fell Saturday in
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9 dead, 4 missing in central US storm
The Associated Press, March. 19, 2008
PIEDMONT, Mo. - Flooding forced hundreds of people to flee their homes and closed scores of roads Wednesday across the nation's midsection as a storm system linked to nine deaths poured as much as a foot of rain on the region.
The National Weather Service posted flood and flash flood warnings from
Heavy rain began falling Monday and just kept coming. Just over a foot had fallen at