Volunteers leave safety to help neighbors in flood path



SAND HILL, Arkansas (AP) — Despite sunny skies, water continued to rise Wednesday in eastern Arkansas, where federal officials have begun to gather their first damage assessments in the weeklong floods that have displaced residents and soaked homes and businesses in nearly half the state. The White River is higher than it has been in a quarter-century, flooding properties and farmland in east-central Arkansas. Much of a national wildlife refuge near Clarendon was inundated Wednesday, and residents in that town and elsewhere in Monroe County were sandbagging their homes and pumping out water from their basements. The river is expected to crest early Friday at Clarendon at 6_ feet above flood stage. It was only a few inches below that Wednesday morning. Read more


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