Record flooding causes levee breach in Arkansas

DARDANELLE, Ark. — Offici
ls say a levee along the
rkansas River has breache
, prompting a flash flood
warning and evacuation of
a rural area in western A
kansas. The levee breached early
riday at Dardanelle, abou
60 miles northwest of Li
tle Rock. Yell County off
cials had anticipated the
breach and urged resident
in the nearby Holla Bend
area to evacuate Thursday
Emergency management offi
ials say crews are going
oor-to-door to recommend
vacuation for about 160 h
mes. National Weather Service
ata showed a dip in the w
ter level at Dardanelle,
ikely due to the breach.
flash flood warning was
ssued early Friday for th
area, and forecasters sa
d residents should be pre
ared for rapidly rising w
ter. The levee breached becaus
of ongoing flooding alon
the Arkansas River, whic
began in Oklahoma.

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