A rainstorm will thoroughly drench and raise travel problems in the northeastern United States on Thursday night and Friday. The rain storm impacted states from Arkansas through Michigan and was eyeing the greater New York and Tri State region heading into the weekend. The flooding resulted in a state of emergency being called in the state of Arkansas as 9 levees broke this week following catastrophic storms that impacted the state for multiple days.
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Flooding was reported across Central Arkansas Wednesday night leading to road closures, vehicle stall-outs and high-water rescues across the region. As of Thursday scattered roads remain closed due to high water. The National Weather Services reports rain totals for Wednesday (in inches) of 4.63 at Pine Bluff, 4.94 at North Little Rock, 4.00 at Little Rock, 3.70 at Little Rock AFB. Parts of Missouri received over 5 inches of rain and the greater Detroit area was projecting 3-4 inches through Friday evening.
With the severe weather impacting dozens of areas cleanup crews and restoration contractors like James Cantill of New York Cleanup Pros and David Quin of CAFB services were being forced to put customers on waiting lists as a result of the surge in flooding. The flooding was impacting both residential property owners and business owners in multiple communities.
Springtime flooding is often one of the largest contributors to property destruction annually. Most consumers lack flood insurance which is traditionally not provided with a normal homeonwers or business owners policy, and typically is only covered through a flood insurance rider from Floodsmart.gov. The severe weather was expected to linger through the weekend, with a change in store for early next week that will help to increase temperatures and dry out flood soaked communities.