RESEACHED BY : TINA EASLEY
TYPED VERSION (BELOW) BY : BECKY ROBERTS
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January 15, 1950
4 ARKANSAS RIVERS GO
ON A RAMPAGE
Families Evacuated From Small Lumber Town National Guard
Put on Stand-by Basis
Little Rock, Ark., Jan. 14 (AP)
Flood dangers mounted in Arkansas today as four rivers swollen by
melting ice and heavy rains, went on a rampage. The turbulent
Ouachita River, already out of its banks at several points in
south Arkansas, began creping into Calion, a small lumber town
near El Dorado late today. Numerous families living in the
communitys low-lying section were evacuated before
nightfall. Mayor Henry Epps said the water was rising fast. He
expected floodwaters to reach other sections of the town. The
river was reported about four feet above the 27-foot flood stage.
Five Deaths Caused
Trouble spots developed on three other rivers earlier in the
day, adding additional nicks in Arkansas battered 1950
weather picture. Five deaths have been attributed to the weather
so far this year. The lower White surged over its banks at
several spots in east Arkansas and forced many families from
their homes. At Judsonia (White County) the Little Red was about
five feet above flood level of 30 feet. It may go higher over the
week-end. In northeast Arkansas, grimfaced U.S. engineers and
volunteer workers battled the muddy St. Francis in attempts to
keep the swollen stream from spreading more havoc and misery.
areas along the White River were at Des Arc, DeValls Bluff (Prairie
County) and Cotton Plant (Woodruff County). Red Cross aid,
including emergency stoves and tents, were rushed to that area
today to aid families driven from their farm homes by the
floodwaters. More than 200 families were routed from lowlands
around Cotton Plant early today. Several stores in DeValls Bluff
were flooded yesterday when drainage pumps failed to carry off
water from heavy rains.
Tents Are Provided
Governor McMath has ordered the Arkansas National Guard on a
stand-by- basis to be ready to move into the stricken area of
Assistant Adjutant General H.L. McAlister said the guard
transported 125 tents and stoves to points along the St. Francis
and White rivers yesterday. Most of the supplies went to Wynne
and Cotton Plant. The swirling St. Francis has broken out of its
course in at least three spots near Paragould in northeast Arkansas.
Yesterday, the river chewed away chunks of a levee at Bertig and
flowed over about 3,500 acres of farm land. About 30 houses are
in the area. This morning a levee chain broke near Lake City (Craighead
County), flooding hundreds of acres of river bottom lands.
Engineers also expect additional breaks.
Workers also reported a levee broke at El Chute, two miles north
of Senath (Dunklin County), Mo. They feared the break would send
additional floodwaters into Hornersville, Mo., near the banks of
the St. Francis.