Arkansas Flooding Damages to Cost Millions Now and Later

May 5, 2017 10:35 AM

River levels are falling after record and near-record flooding in parts of the Midwest, but the crisis is far from over. Major flooding is occurring on parts of the Missouri River and the Mississippi River in Missouri and Illinois.

Smaller rivers like the Black River in northeast Arkansas are leaving their devastating marks as well on thousands of acres of row crops.

For the past four years, Jackie Prince, a farmer from Prairie County, Ark., has been dealing with flood conditions.

“We really thought this was going to finally be a decent year,” said Prince. “The lakes were all down, the rivers were all in good shape and we felt like finally this was going to be nice, even mediocre, year.”

Up to a foot of rain fell across the northern part of Arkansas the last weekend of April, resulting in flash flood events. Creeks swelled, roads and bridges collapsed, and rivers to rose above flood stage, flooding thousands of acres of crop and pasture land.

Early estimates show the economic impact to agriculture could exceed $300 million.

Watch the full story of the full damage to crops in Arkansas on AgDay above.

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