May 14, 1990 |
Floods continued near swollen rivers in Texas and Arkansas, swamping farmland and residential areas, forcing hundreds more from their homes and stranding starving cattle on patches of high ground. In southeast Texas, floodwaters from the Trinity and Red rivers roared toward the Lake Livingston dam as authorities inspected levees and prepared for serious flooding about 50 miles north of Houston, and near Texarkana.
May 11, 1990 |
Cresting floodwaters in Arkansas and Texas surged southward Thursday, leaving behind hundreds of evacuees and untold millions of dollars in property, crop and livestock damage. The Red River crested early Thursday near Texarkana, and the levees there, heavily sandbagged for two days by National Guard troops, Marine reservists and volunteers, appeared stable. Crews continued to sandbag levees in the southern reaches of the Arkansas, Red and Trinity rivers, authorities said.
May 9, 1990 |
Hundreds of families took refuge from rising rivers in Arkansas and Texas as work crews shored up levees and operated pumps to fight the worst flooding in at least six decades, authorities said. Up to 450 families remained out of their homes in Arkansas and another 200 families fled the surging Trinity River in Texas, officials said. No deaths or serious injuries were reported in Arkansas, but nearly 200 head of cattle were swept to their deaths north of Little Rock.
May 6, 1990 |
The swollen Arkansas River, fed by hard rains and overflowing lakes and reservoirs in Oklahoma, pushed relentlessly through Arkansas on Saturday, inundating homes in its path toward the Mississippi River. Gary Talley, spokesman for Arkansas Emergency Services in Little Rock, said the river was expected to cause serious flooding through Tuesday as flood crests move downstream from the Ft. Smith-Van Buren area on the Oklahoma border.
May 24, 1990 |
The Ouachita River raged downstream in Arkansas on Wednesday, and the Trinity River crested 6 feet above flood stage in southeast Texas as flooding continued to plague the region. The rain-engorged Ouachita, which flooded Arkadelphia earlier, was advancing on Camden, where the crest was expected to arrive today at 12 feet above flood stage, the National Weather Service said.
May 16, 1990 |
Residents of low-lying areas along the Trinity River in southeastern Texas braced for the worst as a record 85,000 cubic feet of water per second was released from Lake Livingston to protect the dam there. The river's crest was expected to reach the dam today, and further releases from the reservoir could cause the worst flooding in 80 years.