Floods damage south

About 100 homes were damaged in Arkansas by flooding.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | April 26, 2004


About 100 homes have been damaged in Arkansas by weekend flooding, and parts of Texas and Oklahoma saw water damage as well.

Hardest hit in Arkansas was Washington County, where 40 to 50 homes were damaged, including 25 in Elkins, according to a situation report from the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management. Twenty-two homes were damaged in Izard County, some of them heavily damaged. In Franklin County, 12-15 homes were damaged, and up to 100 residents were without water. Other counties across the state reported scattered flood damage as well.

Almost 10 inches of rain fell over the weekend in the Twin Lakes area of Arkansas, and at least two residential areas in Norfork were under voluntary evacuation as the White River rose over its banks.

The Salvation Army and American Red Cross both responded to people's emergency needs.

Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee toured flood damaged areas Monday. As of Monday night, he had declared 14 counties state disaster areas.

In Texas, seven inches of rain Saturday night flooded about 100 homes in San Patricio with up to 6 inches of water, according to a situation report from the Texas Governor's Division of Emergency Management.

The Corpus Christi area of Texas saw 10 inches of rain, and hundreds of people were temporarily stranded in cars or in their homes.

In Mississippi, Pearl River County saw 10 inches of rain as well. A small dam collapsed and flooded about 10 homes, but caused only minor damage, according to reports from the the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. The First Baptist Church in Picayune served as a temporary shelter for residents flooded out of their homes.


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