- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 13, 2019

NEWPORT, Ark. (AP) - Residents of about 30 homes in northeast Arkansas have been urged to leave after heavy rains eroded a nearby levee.

The advisory for residents in rural Jackson County is not mandatory and the levee has not failed. But County Judge Jeff Phillips says he issued the warning Tuesday night out of an abundance of caution.

Heavy rain fell earlier this week throughout the state. The White River near Newport, about 80 miles (130 kilometers) northeast of Little Rock, was nearing major flood stage as of midday Wednesday. The National Weather Service says the river’s levels are expected to gradually drop over the next week.

Elsewhere in the state, floodwaters caused a county road in Forrest City to collapse, but no one was injured.

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