Record flooding causes levee breach in western Arkansas

The Arkansas River rises at Murray Lock and Dam in Little Rock, Ark. on Thursday, May 30, 2019. Flooding along the Arkansas River has prompted the closure of some outdoor attractions near Bill Clinton’s presidential library in downtown Little Rock. (Staton Breidenthal/Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)

DARDANELLE, Ark. (AP) — Officials say a levee along the Arkansas River has breached, prompting a flash flood warning and evacuation of a rural area in western Arkansas.

The levee breached early Friday at Dardanelle, about 60 miles (95 kilometers) northwest of Little Rock. Yell County officials had anticipated the breach and urged residents in the nearby Holla Bend area to evacuate Thursday.

Emergency management officials say crews are going door-to-door to recommend evacuation for about 160 homes.

National Weather Service data showed a dip in the water level at Dardanelle, likely due to the breach. A flash flood warning was issued early Friday for the area, and forecasters said residents should be prepared for rapidly rising water.

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