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White River cresting, east Arkansas still dealing with flooding

By: 5 May 2011 No Comment

The Brinkley Airport and surrounding area on Wednesday (photo by Kenneth Bowen).

The rains over most of Arkansas might have ended on Tuesday, but eastern parts of the state near the White River are still dealing with flood conditions.

The National Weather Service reports that the White River crested at Newport on Wednesday, Thursday in Augusta and is due to crest in Georgetown Friday, in Des Arc Saturday and in Clarendon on Tuesday. The problem, of course, is that storms hammered Arkansas on April 30 through May 2 and some parts of central Arkansas and the Delta received as much as a foot of rain.

The Mississippi River is backed up and that impacts rivers that flow into it. While the storms cleared out around Tuesday, bloated rivers are still causing problems throughout the state. The White River — and the strength of the levees along it — remain a concern as the river is projected to crest near record levels.

The Arkansas River is high, too, but has receded considerably as the following photos taken Tuesday near downtown Little Rock by Troy Gillespie of Fowl Play Outdoors and submitted to First Arkansas News show:

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