Arkansas Governor Declares a State Of Emergency

LITTLE ROCK, AR (Ben Caxton) — Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson declared a state of emergency in the capital on Friday due to record flooding on the Arkansas River. The declaration orders the Arkansas National Guard to send high-water rescue teams to the western part of the state and suspends many state and local regulatory enforcement actions. Forecasters say the Arkansas River will crest Sunday at Van Buren, near the state’s border with Oklahoma, at 41 feet, 19 feet over flood stage, and a record. Further downstream, it was expected to crest Tuesday at Morrilton, 38 miles (61 kilometers) northwest of Little Rock, at a record 42 feet, 12 feet (4 meters) above flood stage.

 


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