White River Could Hit 100-Year Flood Mark

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Officials predict the White River could reach 100-year flood levels as it moves through Arkansas' eastern plains toward the Mississippi River.

Jaysson Funkhouser of the U.S. Geological Survey says preliminary figures show the White River surge from last week's storms and flooding upstream could reach the 100-year flood stage in coming days.

The last flood of similar size was in December 1982, when parts of Arkansas saw more than a foot of rain in a single day.  That storm did hundreds of millions of dolars in damage.

The flooding that persists today in Arkansas was triggered by March 17 storms in the Midwest, and federal and state officials have only been able to assess the damage in places where the water has receded.  Nearly half of the state, 35 counties, have been declared federal disaster areas.  One person was killed in the storms, and another remains missing.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)