While the nation is turning away from heat waves, tornadoes and storm warnings, the Midwest is full of record floods this month as several major rivers are expected to reach historic levels.
The Arkansas and Mississippi rivers are expected to inflow at record levels, as the Midwest states are predicted to rain. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
National Weather Service Little Rock warned that the Arkansas River & # 39; the worst flooding in recorded history & # 39; could experience, as the project on Wednesday at 42.5 feet in Van Buren, will break the record of 38.42 feet of 1945.
It will be devastating for Arkansas and Oklahoma communities that are already under water.
The Arkansas River has flooded hundreds of homes in Sand Springs, Oklahoma, and more is expected to flood as more water is released from a dam, according to Tulsa World. City administrators expect that eventually 500 houses will flood.
In Arkansas, the river is above the flooding phase in Fort Smith and Van Buren from Tuesday. Buds are expected to see from May 31 to June 7.
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
& # 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 there would be significant consequences for life and property in a very large area.
Thanks 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 if the National Weather Service weather forecast center issues 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.
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 floods became so bad in Oklahoma that the water turned the community of Braggs, Oklahoma 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. Government Laura Kelly has declared a disaster in 49 of the counties of Kansas, 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
Rain is expected to hit many areas that are already coming off the high waters.
"Flood warnings are effective, watches and warnings in some of the same neighborhoods we've been talking about for months," 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 Red Cross has reported 16 people in reception centers so far.
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 shortlist for worst (local) river flooding ever, & said Thomas Spriggs, a senior NWS St. Louis meteorologist, to the St. Louis Dispatch. & # 39; TT continues 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 has been above the flood stage for 73 consecutive days.
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. "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," he added.
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