Record flood­ing causes levee breach in west­ern Arkansas

The Saline Courier - - NEWS -

DAR­DANELLE — A levee breached Fri­day along the Arkansas River, prompt­ing a flash flood warn­ing and evac­u­a­tion of a ru­ral area in west­ern Arkansas.

Of­fi­cials said the levee breached at Dar­danelle, about 60 miles (95 kilo­me­ters) north­west of Lit­tle Rock. Yell County of­fi­cials had an­tic­i­pated the breach and urged res­i­dents in the nearby Holla Bend area to evac­u­ate Thurs­day.

Emer­gency man­age­ment of­fi­cials say crews are go­ing door to door to rec­om­mend evac­u­a­tion for about 160 homes.

Na­tional Weather Ser­vice data showed a dip in the wa­ter level at Dar­danelle, likely due to the breach. A flash flood warn­ing was is­sued early Fri­day for the area, and fore­cast­ers said res­i­dents should be pre­pared for rapidly ris­ing wa­ter.

The levee breached be­cause of on­go­ing flood­ing along the Arkansas River, which be­gan in Ok­la­homa.

Ear­lier this year, about two dozen levee sys­tems were breached or over­topped dur­ing Missouri River flood­ing that dev­as­tated parts of Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri.

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