Arkansans Leaving Homes In Advance Of Expected Flooding

May 31, 2015

Flood waters rising in southwest Arkansas over the weekend.
Credit KTXK

Some southwest Arkansas residents are leaving their homes ahead of expected flooding along the Red River.

Miller County Emergency Management Deputy Director Terry Purvis said Sunday that residents in Garland City were leaving as the river rises about an inch-and-a-half per hour. The town of about 250 residents is about 20 miles south of Texarkana.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning until further notice for areas along the river as the U.S. Corps of Engineers releases water from flooded lakes and reservoirs upstream in Oklahoma.

Purvis said emergency officials have spent the past two days putting sandbags along the levee of the river.

At least 31 people have been killed in storms that began in Texas and Oklahoma during the Memorial Day weekend.