Major Flooding In Arkansas

Arkansas emergency management officials have said the early estimate of statewide damage to homes, businesses and infrastructure was at $2 million, and that figure was expected to grow. River forecasters say it likely will be the middle of this week before rivers statewide see significant drops. The governor of Arkansas has already declared 35 counties disaster areas.

The flooding has also had great impact on Missouri. Residents of Pacific, Missouri, located just to the southwest of St. Louis, are assessing flood damage to more than 200 homes and businesses. The Mississippi River was expected to reach 41.5 feet Monday at Cape Girardeau, nearly 10 feet above flood stage. New Madrid expects a crest nearly 8 feet above flood stage Wednesday, and the Mississippi at Caruthersville should reach 9 feet above flood stage Friday. The flooding was caused by torrential rainfall last week along with melting snow.

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