Communities along the swollen Arkansas River in Oklahoma and Arkansas are preparing for further flooding, with the mayor of Tulsa urging thousands of residents behind the city's outdated dikes to be ready to evacuate in the event of an & # 39 ; worst-case scenario & # 39 ;.
More than a week of stormy weather, including violent downpours and deadly tornadoes, devastated the central United States, creating record-breaking floods in parts of the two states, turning highways into lakes, and turning all the roofs of some homes submerged.
And according to the National Weather Service (NWS), more rain is predicted and the flood is expected to spread.
& # 39; The rain is coming fast and furious and it must all flow through the rivers & # 39 ;, said Patrick Burke, a meteorologist at the NWS Weather Prediction Center, in an interview on Wednesday.
More heavy downpours were predicted until Wednesday night across much of the two states, with between 1 and 3 inches expected, he said.
By the beginning of June, the rivers are expected to rise to the highest levels, up to Little Rock, Arkansas, Burke said.
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. Until now, he added that the 32-kilometer (32-kilometer) dyke system, which protects around 10,000 people, worked as it was designed.
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Communities along the swollen Arkansas River in Oklahoma and Arkansas (image is Little Rock) are preparing for further flooding, with the mayor of Tulsa urging thousands of residents behind the city's outdated dikes to be ready to evacuate in the event of a & # 39; worst case & # 39; scenario & # 39;
According to the National Weather Service (NWS), more rain is predicted and the flood is expected to spread. Pictured is a structure in Little Rock, Arkansas
More heavy downpours were predicted until Wednesday night over much of the two states, with an expected distance of 1 to 3 inches. 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 are shown
This photo shows the water rising steadily at the Ormond Lock and Dam in Morrilton, Arkansas
The Little Rock District of the US Army Corps of Engineers warned residents in Arkansas to listen to all warnings from your local emergency offices and elected officials. Shown is the Trimble Lock and Dam, Fort Smith
At least six people died as a result of the last round of floods and storms in Oklahoma, according to the Department of Health.
The US Army Corps of Engineers has increased the release of water from Keystone Dam in northeastern Oklahoma on the Arkansas and Cimarron rivers about 23 miles from Tulsa to the river system to 275,000 cubic feet per second to prevent the dam from flooding.
An extreme weather plague has hampered life in the region, with more than 300 tornadoes touched in the Midwest in the last two weeks.
Several tornadoes came under attack on Tuesday night in Kansas, according to the NWS. They damaged houses, uprooted trees and downstream streamlined.
Tornado & # 39; s also pulverized buildings in western Ohio, killing one person and injuring dozens of others.
The Arkansas and Mississippi rivers are expected to break at record levels.
According to the NWS, the Arkansas River may be the worst flooding in recorded history & # 39; experienced, as it is projected on Wednesday at 42.5 feet in Van Buren, breaking the 1945 record of 38.42 feet.
It will be devastating for Arkansas and Oklahoma communities that are already under water.
Thirteen countries in Arkansas flooded this week. These include Sebastian, Crawford, Logan, Johnson, Yell, Pope, Perry, Conway, Faulkner, Pulaski, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Desha.
The Arkansas River has flooded hundreds of homes in Sand Springs, Oklahoma, and more are expected to be flooded as more water is released from a dam. City administrators expect that eventually 500 houses will flood.
Communities along the swollen Arkansas River in Oklahoma and Arkansas are preparing for further flooding, with the mayor of Tulsa urging thousands of residents behind the city's outdated dikes to be ready to evacuate in the event of a & # 39; sausage case scenario & # 39;
More than a week of stormy weather, including violent downpours and deadly tornadoes, devastated the central United States, creating record-breaking floods in parts of the two states, turning highways into lakes and turning all the roofs of some homes submerged.
The already flooded Arkansas River is expected to reach the top at a record height of 42.5 feet in Van Burden on Wednesday. The river has already swallowed hundreds of houses in Sand Spring, Oklahoma, as pictured above on Tuesday
This aerial view shows flooded homes in Sand Spring, Oklahoma because of the swollen Arkansas River that is expected to continue rising
The Arkansas River has flooded communities in Arkansas and Oklahoma (above) that have seen little rain when the river swelled as a result of torrential showers upstream
Over the past week, storms have devastated the Midwest from Texas to Oklahoma and Illinois, leading to record floods. The swollen Arkansas River pictured above in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Thursday
John MacDonald looks out over the swollen Arkansas River in Bixby, Oklahoma on Thursday
Grant Scepanski runs through his Indian Springs Estates neighborhood in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, when the flooded water of the Arkansas River rose on Friday
From Tuesday, two dikes were awarded, according to The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, which contributed to the floods. The Arkansas River in Jenks, Oklahoma suggested Friday
The Arkansas River was above the flooding phase in Fort Smith and Van Buren from Tuesday. Buds are expected to see from May 31 to June 7.
& # 39; Based on the impact statements from previous floods and the latest forecast stops, this is the worst flood in recorded history along the Arkansas River from Toad Suck and points to the northwest, & # 39; tweeted the NWS on Sunday.
They predicted that dikes would be flooded and that & # 39; significant impact on life and property in a very large area & # 39; would be.
Due to the already significant rainfall in the area, the flood is expected to be & # 39; prolonged and the impact will remain significant over the coming summer & # 39 ;.
And the floods will only continue when the NWS & # 39; Weather Prediction Center issued a warning for a moderate risk of excessive rainfall, anticipating five to seven inches of rain in the region in states including Illinois, Iowa and Missouri.
Starting on Tuesday, two dikes were crowned in the Arkansas River, according to The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management.
President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday night that he spoke to Arkansas governor, Asa Hutchinson, and will offer FEMA and federal air to help with the record flood.
The flooding got so bad in Oklahoma that the water turned the Braggs community into an island last week.
& # 39; They were panicking. With the morale as it was – crisis mode – I wanted them to see me face to face and hear me say, "It'll be all right," & Muskogee County Commissioner Ken Doke told the Tulsa World.
The National Guard has also been asked to help with flooding in Kansas, through which the Arkansas River flows. Gov Laura Kelly explained a disaster in 49 of Kansas & 10 provinces, such as per Weather.com.
The National Weather Service predicted excessive rain for the Midwest that will hit Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois and Iowa, contributing to the already devastating flood levels
The National Weather Service in Little Rock, Arkansas, warned of & # 39; the worst flooding in history & # 39; that & # 39; long-term & # 39; and the effects will be felt in the summer
The Arkansas River is projected on Wednesday at 42.5 feet in Van Buren, breaking the 1945 record of 38.42 feet
Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday evening that he spoke to Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and will offer Fema and federal air to help with the record flood
& # 39; Flood warnings are effective, watches and warnings in some of the same neighborhoods we talked about last month & # 39 ;, Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean said Tuesday. & # 39; They can't rain anymore and that goes downstream. & # 39;
# We were able to see incredible damage, potentially catastrophic damage to these areas affected by heavy rainfall. Some of those areas could be hit hard by catastrophic floods, people are now being told to evacuate their homes, & he added.
So far, evacuations have been ordered in nine counties in Arkansas.
The rain will flood the Mississippi River, which is projected this week at 44 feet in St. Louis – the second highest record in history.
The highest crest in the river was 5.5 feet higher in 1993.
& # 39; This has certainly been a year for the record books. It is certainly on the short list for worst (local) river flooding ever, & said Thomas Spriggs, a senior meteorologist at NWS St. Louis at the St. Louis Dispatch. & # 39; It will continue for a while. & # 39;
The Mississippi River is projected this week at 44 feet in St. Louis – the second highest record in history. The already swollen river pictured above in Iowa on Friday, May 3
Take Action: Volunteers in Chaffee Crossing, Arkansas pictured above filling up sandbags awaiting rising river waters
Looking for a shelter: a man is lying in a cradle at a Red Cross evacuation center in Tulsa, Oklahoma after floods have overtaken his neighborhood
Locals are seen in the rising Mississippi flooding water in Foley, Missouri on Sunday, May 12
The Mississippi River flowed to knee height in Winfield, St. Louis on Friday
Locals in Foley, Missouri have been warned to expect upcoming flood water because rain is forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday
The Peoria Lock and Dam building is surrounded by the flood waters of the Mississippi River in Peoria, Illinois
This year alone, the Mississippi River in St. Louis is already 73 days in a row above the tidal wave.
On Monday, Missouri governor Mike Parson deployed the Missouri National Guard to support sandbags to support a dike at Brunswick.
& # 39; Missouri has been fighting historic floods since March, depleting local resources, and now conditions in many parts of the state are only getting worse, & # 39; Parson said Monday.
& # 39; In addition, communities from Carl Junction to Jefferson City face the challenge of recovering from tornadoes and severe storms, further challenging civilian resources.
& # 39; The Guard has proven its capabilities in response to natural disasters throughout Missouri, and I know they will make a difference at this critical moment & # 39 ;, he added.
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