Water continues to rise in eastern Arkansas, where federal officials are putting together their first damage assessments in the week-long floods.
The White River is higher than it has been in a quarter century,
flooding properties and farmland. The river is expected to crest
early Friday at more than 6 feet above flood stage.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is collecting reports
from field workers who fanned out yesterday to determine the scope
of damage where the waters have receded.
The flooding has displaced residents and soaked homes and
businesses in nearly half the state. After heavy rains last week,
35 counties were declared a disaster area.
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