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4/09/2008

Flooding continues to devastate

Arkansas, USA
Arkansas has seen massive amounts of rain that has caused the flooding of both the Black and White Rivers. These floods have devastated the areas, leaving families displaced due to their damaged homes. Schools have been closed, and roads have become rivers. Many people have had to find new routes to get to where they're going. According to reports, there is about $9 million worth of damage to public property across the state. Also, countless homes have been severely damaged in Jackson, Greene, Lawrence, and Craighead counties.

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The Cindy Celeste tow takes on water as barges float loose on the Mississippi River south of the bridges Sunday afternoon. (Contributed by Donna Ingram)
More River Restrictions Possible

Crest forecast rises to 49.3 feet; crops in trouble
Another third of a foot of water was added to the crest forecast at Vicksburg this morning where a major employer laid off most of its 1,300-person work force and indications for crops in the Yazoo backwater area grew more doubtful.

The new forecast from the National Weather Service is that on Sunday the Mississippi River will reach 49.3 feet on the Vicksburg gauge. That's up 0.3 foot from the previous estimate.

Upstream, stages were rising again, including at Memphis, where the Mississippi appeared to have topped out.

The new forecast puts the Mississippi here just 2.3 feet lower than the 1973 crest, which was the worst flood since 1927. It would equal flooding last experienced in 1983.


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