Arkansas governor: More resources for flood-stricken areas

Major flooding is occurring on the Missouri River in eastern Missouri and the Mississippi River in Missouri and IL.

Asa Hutchinson says additional resources that include more than 100 members of the state's National Guard have been dispatched to help parts of northeast Arkansas hit by severe flooding.

Hutchinson told reporters Wednesday at the Capitol that state emergency officials have identified nine levee breaches in Randolph County alone, and that three of those "appear to be categorized as major".

The scene is already unbelievable, and there's more rain moving in on Wednesday.

In Sulphur, firefighters used buses to evacuate 76 residents after flooding threatened a nursing home. Never drive through a flooded road.




Seven deaths in the state have been attributed to storms since heavy rain fell last weekend, while the governor noted a search continues for one child still missing.

St. Louis County officials say 200 homes along the Meramec have been damaged in the flooding and another 1,500 are potentially in harm's way.

Downpours that dumped up to a foot of rain in parts of the nation's midsection last weekend led to the sudden surge of water.

Missouri is among several states in the central USA where unsafe floods have occurred. Warnings were also issued urging people to stay out of floodwaters that may be contaminated by raw sewage and chemicals.

The troublesome Black River that runs from southeast Missouri into northeast Arkansas was down after cresting earlier this week in places like Poplar Bluff, Missouri, and Pocahontas, Arkansas. But the mess left behind was substantial. "Move to higher ground now".

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