A re­turn home af­ter flood scare

Los Angeles Times - - THE NATION -

Au­thor­i­ties al­lowed 242 res­i­dents of a south­west­ern Arkansas town to re­turn to their homes af­ter the swollen Red River be­gan to re­cede and a levee was de­ter­mined to be safe.

“There would have been 50,000 acres un­der­wa­ter in about two min­utes if that levee would have breached,” Miller County Emer­gency Man­age­ment Di­rec­tor Larry Pritch­ett said.

The evac­u­a­tion or­der for the Gar­land City homes was is­sued about 12:30 a.m. Fri­day. Emer­gency crews worked to strengthen a levee that was weak­ened by a “sand boil,” in which wa­ter washes away the levee from un­der­neath.

Later Fri­day af­ter­noon, the U.S. Army Corps of Engi­neers in­spected the levee and found it sound.

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