In Arkansas, a floodwaters have inundated a city of more than 20,000 people and forced the evacuation of the surrounding area.
The state is bracing for the worst as the state braces for more than 1.3 metres (6 feet) of rainfall.
The city of Argyle has been under mandatory evacuation orders since Thursday, and the city’s mayor said his town will be evacuated for two weeks.
“I have received a letter from the governor and state health department saying that the city is going to be under mandatory evacuations for two days and that we will be closed for two months,” said Mayor Tim Jackson.
He said he had not yet received a formal request to extend the city closure, but added that the governor was also sending a letter to the city asking that it be extended.
“They have told us that they are going to come to Argyl.
I don’t know what the plan is, but it is something that is very serious,” Jackson said.
The governor has also ordered the evacuation and destruction of any homes and businesses in the area.
Jackson said that the evacuation order was issued after the city reported that the water levels in the river had risen and that there was no water in the riverside culverts.
“The floodwater has breached the levees and has created a flood hazard, and we have to deal with that,” he said.
“We’re not going to allow it to go to the next level, but we will try and contain the flooding.”
A large section of the levee has been breached in the city, causing flooding and creating a dangerous sinkhole.
The governor’s office said the water level in the leveecks is now about 3 metres (13 feet).
It said that authorities are preparing for the possibility of a major storm in the coming weeks.
The Governor’s office issued a statement on Thursday warning residents in the surrounding areas to be prepared for flooding.
“We have asked residents to be aware of the risks of flooding in their area, and to be alert to any changes to water levels,” the statement said.
“This is a time for precaution and planning, but with a flood event that is possible, we will do everything we can to ensure everyone is safe and out of harm’s way.”
The governor said that he will hold a news conference on Thursday morning at 10am local time (1300 GMT).
Arkansas is one of only three states in the US that is under mandatory emergency orders, according to the Associated Press.
“There’s a lot of talk about what we are going through right now, but at the end of the day we’re here to stay,” said Jackson.