A levee breached Friday along the Arkansas River, prompting a flash flood warning and evacuation of a rural area in western Arkansas.

Officials said the levee breached at Dardanelle, about 60 miles (95 kilometers) northwest of Little Rock. Yell County officials had anticipated the breach and urged residents in the nearby Holla Bend area to evacuate Thursday.

Emergency management officials say crews are going door to door to recommend evacuation for about 160 homes.

The Arkansas River floods Harry E. Kelley River Park Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Fort Smith, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)
The Arkansas River floods Harry E. Kelley River Park Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Fort Smith, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)

National Weather Service data showed a dip in the water level at Dardanelle, likely due to the breach. A flash flood warning was issued early Friday for the area, and forecasters said residents should be prepared for rapidly rising water.

The levee breached because of ongoing flooding along the Arkansas River, which began in Oklahoma.

Earlier this year, about two dozen levee systems were breached or overtopped during Missouri River flooding that devastated parts of Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri.

The Arkansas River floods along Adams Street Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Van Buren, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)
The Arkansas River floods along Adams Street Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Van Buren, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)
The Arkansas River rises at Murray Lock and Dam in Little Rock, Ark. on Thursday, May 30, 2019. Flooding along the Arkansas River has prompted the closure of some outdoor attractions near Bill Clinton's presidential library in downtown Little Rock. (Staton Breidenthal/Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)
The Arkansas River rises at Murray Lock and Dam in Little Rock, Ark. on Thursday, May 30, 2019. Flooding along the Arkansas River has prompted the closure of some outdoor attractions near Bill Clinton’s presidential library in downtown Little Rock. (Staton Breidenthal/Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)
Traffic gets backed up on the Bayview Bridge as vehicles are rerouted in Quincy, Ill., Thursday, May 30, 2019, after it was closed due to rising Mississippi river waters. The bridge connects Illinois to Missouri via U.S. Route 24. (Jake Shane/Quincy Herald-Whig via AP)
Traffic gets backed up on the Bayview Bridge as vehicles are rerouted in Quincy, Ill., Thursday, May 30, 2019, after it was closed due to rising Mississippi river waters. The bridge connects Illinois to Missouri via U.S. Route 24. (Jake Shane/Quincy Herald-Whig via AP)
A police officer directs vehicles in Quincy, Ill., Thursday, May 30, 2019, after the Bayview Bridge was closed due to rising Mississippi river waters. The bridge connects Illinois to Missouri via U.S. Route 24. (Jake Shane/Quincy Herald-Whig via AP)
A police officer directs vehicles in Quincy, Ill., Thursday, May 30, 2019, after the Bayview Bridge was closed due to rising Mississippi river waters. The bridge connects Illinois to Missouri via U.S. Route 24. (Jake Shane/Quincy Herald-Whig via AP)
The Arkansas River floods the area near the U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort Smith, Ark., Thursday, May 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)
The Arkansas River floods the area near the U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort Smith, Ark., Thursday, May 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)
The Arkansas River floods Harry E. Kelley River Park in Fort Smith Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Fort Smith, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)
The Arkansas River floods Harry E. Kelley River Park in Fort Smith Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Fort Smith, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)
Fort Smith police block off the Garrison Ave. bridge in Fort Smith, Ark., as the Arkansas River floods parts of downtown Fort Smith Thursday, May 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)
Fort Smith police block off the Garrison Ave. bridge in Fort Smith, Ark., as the Arkansas River floods parts of downtown Fort Smith Thursday, May 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)
The Arkansas River floods Harry E. Kelley River Park in Fort Smith Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Fort Smith, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)
The Arkansas River floods Harry E. Kelley River Park in Fort Smith Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Fort Smith, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)
Staff sergeant Curtis Webb, left, and other soldiers with the Arkansas National Guard, 2nd Battalion, 142nd Field Artillery helps stand watch as the Arkansas River floods Harry E. Kelley River Park Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Fort Smith, Ark. The Arkansas National Guard was deployed along the Arkansas River to help residents deal with the flooding. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)
Staff sergeant Curtis Webb, left, and other soldiers with the Arkansas National Guard, 2nd Battalion, 142nd Field Artillery helps stand watch as the Arkansas River floods Harry E. Kelley River Park Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Fort Smith, Ark. The Arkansas National Guard was deployed along the Arkansas River to help residents deal with the flooding. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)

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