More Flooding Bound for Arkansas

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Arkansas has already seen its share of flooding in the last few days, but record more high water could still be on the way.

The widespread flooding across the midwest is already blamed for 17 deaths.

The White River is expected to go higher than it may have ever gone before.

Already, Arkansas' governor has declared 35 counties disaster areas.

In Pine Bluff, folks were boating down their streets instead of driving -- that is, when they were fortunate enough to have a boat.

Neighboring Missouri has seen its share of flooding these past few days.

"The water is actually high enough where we could actually be driving or operating a boat over a house," said Lou Amighetti with the Missouri State Water Patrol.

The Meramec River is now receding after doing much damage to many homes.

"Rip it out, start over. That's all we can do," home owner Angel Reckert said.

"I've just been sick over all this. My nerves been shot," said Pamela Heinzer, a flood victim's mother.

Other Missourians are counting their blessings.

"I used to complain about our steps because I was getting too old to get up and down 'em, but now I'm extremely grateful that we have 'em because we were very lucky," said Jane Nantz, who was almost flooded out.

Some gathered in churches cut off by floodwaters earlier in the weekend.

Rev. James Perkins is the pastor of First Baptist Church of Pacific.

"Trials and tribulations come, and they come only to make us strong," he said.

Here in Arnold, Missouri, neighbors helped neighbors beat back the floodwaters with a massive sandbagging effort.

"My parents' house flooded in the 1993 flood, so I'm just, figured if I ever could help again, someone helped us, so I'm here helping other people," local resident Donna Ray said.

Indiana is starting to recover. In one casino that was flooded, people are already back gambling.

Meanwhile, some areas along the Mississippi, like here in Memphis, look normal now but are bracing for high water still coming their way.

The Mississippi could be going 14 feet over flood stage in some spots.

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