Arkansas, Oklahoma face 'historic' flooding

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Published on May 30, 2019 - Duration: 01:35s

Arkansas, Oklahoma face 'historic' flooding

An entire neighborhood drowned in floodwaters.

(SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) JASON BAUGH OF ARKANSAS SAYING: "It's pretty devastating to see all this water in the neighborhood." And now thousands across

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Arkansas, Oklahoma face 'historic' flooding

An entire neighborhood drowned in floodwaters.

(SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) JASON BAUGH OF ARKANSAS SAYING: "It's pretty devastating to see all this water in the neighborhood." And now thousands across Arkansas Oklahoma and Louisiana are bracing for more Thursday as swollen rivers keep rising.

(SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) ASA HUTCHINSON, ARKANSAS GOVERNOR, SAYING: "This is a flood of historic magnitude and it surpasses all Arkansas River flooding in the state's recorded history." The river - according to the National Weather Service - as high as 45 feet in some places, threatening communities and forcing many to evacuate... … as the record levels raise fears that aging levees may not be able to hold up.

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DIXON OF THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS SAYING: "Levees are designed to hold water temporarily and their going to hold water longer than they have in the past so we are monitoring and when I say we I'm talking about the entire team from local, county, state and federal." More than a week of violent weather, including downpours and deadly tornadoes, has lashed the central United States, turning highways into lakes and submerging all but the roofs of some homes.

In Oklahoma - at least 6 people have died in the latest round of flooding and storms, according to the state's department of Health and in Louisiana - the Mississippi River was also at record flood levels.

Back in Arkansas - Governor Asa Hutchinson said he sent a letter to U.S. President Donald Trump asking for a federal emergency declaration for his state.

(SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) ASA HUTCHINSON, ARKANSAS GOVERNOR, SAYING: "I signed a letter to President Trump requesting federal assistance in the form of direct support from federal agencies." Hutchinson reportedly said that Trump had promised assistance in an earlier conversation.

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