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3/27/2008

Floods inundate half of Arkansas

Arkansas, USA
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Staff photo by Jim Williamson Flood waters submerge a fishing pier and parking lot Monday morning at Beard’s Bluff on Millwood Lake. Heavy rains from last week’s storms left the lake about 8 foot higher than normal. Rising water continues to wreak havoc across the state, with 35 counties declared disaster areas.

Story: Floods inundate half of Arkansas - 35 counties declared disaster areas. The White River continued its HIGHEST SURGE IN A QUARTER-CENTURY through eastern Arkansas. After heavy rains last week, major rivers overflowed their banks, inundating north and central Arkansas and driving people from their homes and businesses. Tuesday, the waters continued to rise even as the sun was shining. The Army Corps of Engineers did not expect the White River to crest down river at Clarendon until Friday at 33.5 feet. The flooding was particularly unnerving to wheat farmers whose investments were under water. The flooding will reduce yields and may kill crops in some places, depending on how long the water stands. All the money farmers invested in their crops could be lost on tens of thousands of acres.
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