Arkansas Flood Response

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Response Information

On Sunday Gov. Asa Hutchinson declared a state of emergency in response to the severe storms and flooding throughout the state. The severe weather caused three deaths and more than 17,000 customers were without power on Sunday. Red Cross disaster workers are conducting damage assessments and meeting with impacted residents to provide support, such as health and mental health services. On Sunday the Red Cross operated three shelters to provide a safe place to stay for 14 residents overnight.

85 people spent Wednesday night in six shelters. A levee failure in Pocahontas prompted a flash flood emergency on Wednesday. The Red Cross is working with local and state officials to ensure impacted residents get the help they need, and are preparing shelters if large-scale evacuations are ordered. Many communities are still blocked off due to washed-out roadways and road closures, but in areas that are safe to enter, Red Cross workers are serving meals and distributing relief supplies out of emergency response vehicles. Red Cross caseworkers are also beginning to work with impacted families to help them connect with additional resources and support services for the road ahead.

Nearly 70 people spent Thursday night in five shelters. Several roads are still washed-out and some communities are still inaccessible, but initial damage assessments indicate that approximately 180 homes have been damaged or destroyed in the deluge. The Red Cross is working with local and state officials to ensure impacted residents get the help they need. As floodwaters slowly recede and areas become safe to enter, Red Cross workers are serving meals and distributing relief supplies out of emergency response vehicles. Red Cross caseworkers are also beginning to work with impacted families to help them connect with additional resources and support services for the road ahead.

HOW TO STAY SAFE

DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY APP People should download the free Red Cross Emergency App to receive emergency alerts and information about what to do in case of tornadoes, flooding and other disasters, as well as locations of shelters. The App also includes emergency first aid information and a Family Safe feature which allows people to instantly see if loved ones are okay. The free Emergency App is available in app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.

  • Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice. When a flood or flash flood warning is issued for your area, head for higher ground and stay there.
  • Stay away from floodwaters.
  • Turn around, don’t drown. If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
  • Keep children out of the water.
  • Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood danger.