Governor Hutchinson deploys National Guard ahead of potential flooding

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Governor Asa Hutchinson announced Friday the deployment of 26 members of the Arkansas National Guard in anticipation of severe flooding in the Arkansas River Valley that may continue through next week.  

The two high-water rescue teams will be stationed in western Arkansas by Saturday morning and will move southeast with the floodwaters.

“We are preparing to deal with the record-breaking floodwaters that meteorologists and the Corps of Engineers are predicting for the coming days,” said Governor Hutchinson. “I have directed General Berry to deploy two thirteen-member teams and will direct the deployment of more guardsmen as needed.”

“If your local emergency management officials order an evacuation, please heed their warning.”

The Arkansas River is expected to crest at record levels. Meteorologists have compared the potential flooding to water levels reached in the 1990 floods.

“This is an extremely dangerous and life-threatening situation,” the National Weather Service announced. 

Officials warn drivers not to cross flood-swollen creeks or roads.

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