The flooding across the Midwest will go down as THE WORST FLOODING IN THE 80 YEARS THAT FLOOD RECORDS HAVE BEEN KEPT. The death toll has climbed to 17 with a few more people missing across the region.
ARKANSAS - Forecasters warned communities in the Arkansas prairie along the White River that they could suffer their worst flooding in more than a quarter-century. "You may be wondering why we issued a flash flood watch in eastern Arkansas when there is little to no rain in the forecast. There will be water going into areas where people have not seen it before, and may not be expecting to see high water." Upstream, the Black River sliced through a 60-year-old levee before emergency workers and volunteers could stem the tide with a mountain of sandbags Saturday. The Black enters the White River near Newport in northeast Arkansas. Forecasters issued a flash flood warning through Monday morning for communities along the White River. The break was fueled by water pouring in from soaked southeastern Missouri, flooding outlying areas to the south of Pocahontas. Arkansas emergency management officials have said early estimates for statewide damage to homes, businesses and infrastructure was at $2 million, though that figure was expected to grow. Forecasts show it likely will be the middle of this week before rivers statewide see significant drops. Last week's torrential rainstorms also caused flooding in parts of Ohio and southern Illinois and in wide areas of Missouri. Towns south of where the Mississippi and Ohio rivers meet in Cairo, Ill., braced for flooding expected in the next couple of days. Image Above: A semi tractor trailer cab sits partially submerged in flood water from the Meramec River at the intersection of state route 141 and Interstate 44 in Fenton, Mo., Saturday, March 22, 2008. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)