Arkansas River strained by flooding

National News

May 30, 2019 - 11:05 AM

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas River held steady at record levels Thursday morning, putting enormous pressure on aging levees and offering little relief to areas enduring historic flooding.

In Fort Smith, Arkansas’ second-largest city, officials expected hundreds of homes to flood, while in nearby Van Buren, officials warned that a levee protecting a mostly rural area was “showing signs of significant leakage and deterioration.” And across the border in Oklahoma’s Muskogee County, the conditions have already prompted the evacuations of more than 2,400 people and flooded nearly 1,100 homes, according to the local emergency management department.

In Illinois, Gov. J.B. Pritzker activated the National Guard to respond to recent severe flooding.

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