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PostSubject: Flash flood emergency ensues in Pocahontas, Arkansas, following levee failure along Black River    Thu May 04, 2017 1:00 pm

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Flash flood emergency ensues in Pocahontas, Arkansas, following levee failure along Black River
By Kevin Byrne, AccuWeather staff writer
May 04, 2017, 12:50:31 PM EDT
A dangerous flooding situation in northeastern Arkansas worsened on Wednesday morning when a levee failed along the Black River near the town of Pocahontas.
The National Weather Service office in Memphis, Tennessee, issued a flash flooding emergency and urged residents to seek higher ground immediately due to life-threatening flooding.
Water rescues were occurring just south of Pocahontas in the community of Shannon, according to the NWS.

This aerial image shows the severe flooding that has overwhelmed parts of Pocahontas, Arkansas. (Photo/Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson)

Evacuation orders were issued on Monday for eastern Pocahontas, which included 150 homes, dozens of businesses and an assisted living facility, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Water had begun to spill over the top of the levee on Tuesday, and officials warned of an imminent levee breach.
Gauge data shows the river crested at a record level of 28.95 feet at 8:30 p.m. local time Tuesday, but it is forecast to remain above the major flood stage of 25 feet through early Saturday morning.
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