Parts of Jackson County under mandatory evacuation

LITTLE ROCK, AR (AP) - A Jackson County official says a portion of the county is now under mandatory evacuation in preparation for oncoming floods.

County Judge Jeff Phillips said Monday residents in the area west of Highway 17 and between Jacksonport and Elgin have until 8 p.m. Tuesday to leave. He said 500 to 2,500 people could be affected, depending on how high the water rises and where it goes.

Phillips said the water is expected to crest at 36 feet, two feet above the height of the north levee outside of Jacksonport.

Phillips said the perimeter levee surrounding Jacksonport is 39 feet tall but if the water overflows the north levee, it will filter its way southward to Jacksonport and start filling the area.

He said a crest is expected at noon Wednesday.

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