- Associated Press - Thursday, January 7, 2016

OSCEOLA, Ark. (AP) - The Mississippi River has crested in northeast Arkansas but officials say that floodwaters were contained within the river’s levee system.

The river crested Wednesday near Osceola at 39.6 feet. That’s nearly 12 feet above flood stage, but Mississippi County Emergency Management Coordinator Joseph Richmond says little damage has been reported.

Richmond tells the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/1Rchk13 ) that the river would need to rise to about 55 feet before topping the levee built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The National Weather Service says minor to moderate flooding is expected for some locations along the river in the 200 miles between Osceola and Arkansas City, in Desha County. The river is expected to crest Sunday in Helena-West Helena at 5 feet above flood stage.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com


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