Because hundreds of houses and buildings in Oklahoma have already been flooded and destroyed by the swollen Arkansas River, there are now many braces for what should be the worst floods in the history of the state.
On Wednesday, crew members worked with crew to maintain old dikes and dams in the run-up to a week of heavy rainfall and even more floods.
Excessive rainfall in the area has left the Sand Springs, Oklahoma area, with its 20,000, at risk of being completely submerged.
& # 39; It is strange to see so much water coming through the dam & # 39 ;, said Congressman Kevin Hern USA Today. & # 39; People have accepted that this area has been destroyed and that they cannot enter it again soon. & # 39;
The rain has also put pressure on a dyke system in the state that was built in the 1940s.
Senator Jim Inhofe said about those dikes that there were & # 39; problems & # 39; but that they are still performing & # 39; & # 39 ;. If those dikes give in to the floods, the results could be devastating for the state.
With hundreds of houses and buildings in Oklahoma already flooded and destroyed by the swollen Arkansas River, many now support the worst floods in history, the history of the state. The flooded city of Sand Springs pictured above
Excessive rain has the area of Sand Springs, Oklahoma, where 20,000 people live, with the risk of being completely submerged. Pictured above on Tuesday
On Wednesday, crew members worked with crew to maintain old dikes and dams in the run-up to a week of heavy rainfall and even more floods. A view of the severe flooding this week in Little Rock, Arkansas pictured above
Food waters have reached dangerous levels, as shown in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Friday
It is expected that the devastating floods in the Arkansas River will only get worse this week as more precipitation falls. Tulsa pictured above
Arkansas Gov Asa Hutchinson announced a state of emergency on Friday and announced on Wednesday that more than 400 homes have been voluntarily evacuated due to the floods. A flooded house in Sand Springs pictured above
More heavy downpours were predicted until Wednesday night across much of Oklahoma and Arkansas, with between 1 and 3 inches expected. By the beginning of June, the rivers will go down to the highest levels at record levels down to Little Rock, Arkansas. The Toad Suck Lock and Dam on Wednesday are shown
National Guardsman and Corps of Engineers employees fill sandbags behind a jetty that bubbled into Tulsa on Tuesday
These updates show the latest forecasts for the Arkansas River – which is expected to be 43 meters in the flood phase in the Ozark, Arkansas before Friday
In Tulsa, the second largest city in Oklahoma, mayor G.T. Bynum warned that the 70-year-old dikes of the city were being tested in a way they have never been before.
& # 39; Please prepare for the worst-case scenario that we have had in the history of the city & # 39 ;, he said Tuesday. So far, he added, the 20-mile dike system, which protects around 10,000 people, worked as designed.
On Wednesday, the crews made progress in returning part of the Keystone Dam.
Locals in Oklahoma are already struggling with high tide, causing the locals to travel the area in a motorboat.
An active flood warning has been set for the state until 4.30 p.m. on Friday.
The crews are now working to repair a garbage dump to prevent flooding from entering the town of Sand Springs where 150 homes have already been damaged.
Flooding waters surround homes in Fort Smith, Arkansas, on Wednesday as the water from the Arkansas River continues to rise
The Arkansas River has already flooded hundreds of homes in Sand Springs, Oklahoma, and more is expected to be flooded as more water is released from a dam. City administrators expect that eventually 500 houses will flood. This home can be seen on Wednesday in Fort Smith, Arkansas
Father and son Brad and Bart Hindley take a boat to Brad & # 39; s flooded home in Fort Smith, Arkansas on Wednesday. Brad said he doesn't live in a flood zone, but the flooded waters of the Arkansas River continue to rise
Samantha Karnes and her son Anthony Pickett, three, walk to their neighbors' mobile homes to check on him if flooding of the Arkansas River comes close to Muskogee, Oklahoma
According to the National Weather Service, the rain is expected to end Wednesday evening.
With the end of the flood, some residents hope it will end the floods.
& # 39; So far, things are holding on, and we are blessed there & # 39 ;, said Sand Springs police chief Mike Carter to the outlet.
But much of it depends on the functionality of the dike. If it fails, more houses are flooded and more residents are forced to evacuate.
For many people, a flooded house can change lives and be financially paralyzing.
On Wednesday, Congressman Hern stopped at a house where the water had reached five feet.
& # 39; Depending on where you are in your career, this could be the rest of your life, & # 39; said Hern. & # 39; You have put all your money in your house and now you have lost everything. It is heartbreaking. & # 39;
& # 39; This is a flood of historic magnitude, & # 39; said Governor Arkansas Asa Hutchinson, said about the devastating floods. The submerged city of Sand Spring, Oklahoma pictured Tuesday
The town of Sand Spring is hardly recognizable because it is immersed in the murky water of the Arkansas River and the flood water will only rise
This image from Tuesday shows how Sand Spring has been flooded with water – and it is only predicted to get worse
There are 46 areas that are currently in large flood areas, as shown in this image
Sand Springs is not the only affected area in the floods.
In Muskogee County, due to the flooded Arkansas River, more than 2,400 people were told to evacuate and nearly 1,100 homes were flooded, according to the Trish German spokesperson for Emergency Management.
She said that about 2 centimeters of rain had fallen on the area since Tuesday night and that the same number was predicted for Wednesday night.
& # 39; This is a flood of historic magnitude & # 39 ;, said Arkansas governor, Asa Hutchinson, accompanied by state emergency officials and officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Wednesday.
He said Wednesday that more than 400 homes have been voluntarily evacuated due to the floods.
The Republican said he arranged another $ 250,000 in state funds for the flood response and requested federal assistance from the Trump government. Hutchinson sent $ 100,000 in state funds last week to the flood response
Flooding has already closed 12 state highways, the governor said, and 400 households have agreed to voluntary evacuations.
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