Images and video show the aftermath of major flooding in Arkansas

  • Images and video show the aftermath of major flooding in Arkansas

Images and video show the aftermath of major flooding in Arkansas

Forecasters are warning of a flash flood emergency for parts of northeast Arkansas after rising floodwaters caused a levee to fail. "Move to higher ground now". It comes as an earthen levee for the Black River near Pocahontas is apparently no longer able to hold back the water.

"The flooding in the middle part of the county has been unbelievable over the last couple of days. and we have more rain on the way, if you can believe that", Weather.com meteorologist Ari Sarsalari said during his forecast on Wednesday night.

Flooding has forced Missouri transportation officials to close Interstate 55, along with other major routes Wednesday, effectively cutting off St. Louis from any roads to the south.

Although Pocahontas and Black Rock are only about 25 miles apart, the river levels vary greatly between them. "There's always a chance for the water to get up higher than it's ever been". In 2011, levees broke and her home on Douglas Street received about 4 feet of water inside. He lives in a mobile home high enough on an embankment that water would not reach it, but his neighbor below had water up to the front door of her home. While heavy rainfall alone resulted in flooding across four states, matters were compounded when levees started failing, leading to inundation in areas outside of flood zones.

Regarding the levee breaches, Judge Jansen said, "Those holes are going to get bigger and bigger and bigger".

In Villa Grove, toward the eastern part of IL, officials said they had prepared boats for possible rescues and police were ready to block off streets in case of flooding, according to CNN affiliate WCIA. "I myself have been trapped in this home three different times".

She said she doesn't have flood insurance and doesn't know what she will do when she can return to her home. "We saw houses under water and multiple businesses with water in them".

More rain is expected to fall and floodwaters continue to rage in northeast Arkansas.

Brandon "Bo" Graham, the coordinator for the Randolph County Office of Emergency Management, said he's been working with ADEM for assistance.

Eastern Illinois and much of IN could see rainfall of 2 inches (5 cm) to up to 4 inches (10 cm) through Friday afternoon, with lesser amounts IN the rest of the middle MS and OH valleys, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.

This understanding now has been affirmed in the halls of Congress, as Ken Newton of News-Press Now reported this week.