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River cresting Sunday in Desha, Chicot Counties

DESHA COUNTY - Arkansas National Guard troops stationed in McGehee were continuing to do sandbagging operations and support local authorities and levee boards as the Mississippi River crests Sunday in Desha and Chicot counties.

So far there have been no reports of large breaches along the levee system. On Saturday, the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management said there was no imminent threat of danger to residents in Desha in Chicot County.

The American Red Cross says it has stationed disaster teams in the area in case relief is needed.

According to Lt. Col. Keith Moore of the Arkansas National Guard, soldiers were focusing attention on levees east of Lake Village Sunday morning, helping the Arkansas Corps of Engineers keep any eye out for sand boils, which can damage or destroy a levee.

A tent city to support operations in eastern Arkansas was set up Wednesday to house the dozens of national guard troops.

Arkansas inmates have been filling thousands of sandbags to be placed along levees on the Mississippi.

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