Here is a remarkable picture of I-40 in eastern Arkansas. I’ve driven this route too many times to count, and I can tell you, this section of the highway is highly elevated.
Westbound lanes are still closed at this time. Arkansas News details the long detour that motorists must take to get around the flooded area. What a nightmare, especially since I-40 is a major truck route through the middle of the country. Nothing like being stuck in a long line of 18-wheelers.
The Arkansas News article mentions that the Arkansas National Guard has been called upon by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to help monitor the levees in the southern part of the state. Guardsmen are already at work, assisting motorists as they navigate the detour around the flooded areas. They are also helping to patrol evacuated areas.
For a list of counties eligible for federal disaster assistance, please go to the Arkansas News article for additional information. Here’s hoping the levees hold.