The Latest on severe flooding in Arkansas and Oklahoma (all times local):

10:40 a.m.

Officials say the levee system along the Arkansas River is holding as the river nears a historic crest in western Arkansas.

In this Tuesday, May 28, 2019 photo, Victor Delgado, left, and Adrian Jimenez move furniture out of Delgado's house ahead of rising floodwaters, in Dardanelle, Ark. Thunderstorms are expected to bring unwanted rain to areas along the Arkansas River, which is predicted to crest Wednesday well above record levels in western Arkansas (Staton Breidenthal/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)
In this Tuesday, May 28, 2019 photo, Victor Delgado, left, and Adrian Jimenez move furniture out of Delgado’s house ahead of rising floodwaters, in Dardanelle, Ark. Thunderstorms are expected to bring unwanted rain to areas along the Arkansas River, which is predicted to crest Wednesday well above record levels in western Arkansas (Staton Breidenthal/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)

Col. Bob Dixon of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the levee system is “performing admirably” as the river approaches its expected crest midday Wednesday near Fort Smith, the state’s second-largest city.

Still, the river is nearly twice the level it was 10 days ago, and widespread flooding persists.

Dixon says the levee system will be strained as the rush of water moves downstream. He says floodwaters should begin to slowly recede in Fort Smith but that it will likely take weeks.

This Tuesday, May 28, 2019 aerial photo shows a flooded highway Arkansas River in Sand Spring, Okla. Communities that have seen little rain are getting hit by historic flooding along the Arkansas River thanks to downpours upstream that have prompted officials to open dams to protect some cities but inundate others with swells of water. (DroneBase via AP)
This Tuesday, May 28, 2019 aerial photo shows a flooded highway Arkansas River in Sand Spring, Okla. Communities that have seen little rain are getting hit by historic flooding along the Arkansas River thanks to downpours upstream that have prompted officials to open dams to protect some cities but inundate others with swells of water. (DroneBase via AP)

Arkansas Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Melody Daniel says 45 homes have been affected by floodwaters in Sebastian County, but the number is expected to rise to “several hundred.”

One death has been attributed to the flooding. Authorities are urging people not to drive around barricades.

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This Tuesday, May 28, 2019 aerial photo shows flooded homes along Arkansas River in Sand Spring, Okla. Communities that have seen little rain are getting hit by historic flooding along the Arkansas River thanks to downpours upstream that have prompted officials to open dams to protect some cities but inundate others with swells of water. (DroneBase via AP)
This Tuesday, May 28, 2019 aerial photo shows flooded homes along Arkansas River in Sand Spring, Okla. Communities that have seen little rain are getting hit by historic flooding along the Arkansas River thanks to downpours upstream that have prompted officials to open dams to protect some cities but inundate others with swells of water. (DroneBase via AP)

7 a.m.

Thunderstorms are expected to bring unwanted rain to areas along the Arkansas River, which is predicted to crest Wednesday well above record levels in western Arkansas.

Forecasters nudged down by 1.5 feet the predicted crest near Fort Smith, the state’s second-largest city. But they say the river levels will still exceed the previous record there by several feet.

This May 28, 2019 aerial photo shows flooded homes along Arkansas River in Sand Spring, Okla. Communities that have seen little rain are getting hit by historic flooding along the Arkansas River thanks to downpours upstream that have prompted officials to open dams to protect some cities but inundate others with swells of water. (DroneBase via AP)
This May 28, 2019 aerial photo shows flooded homes along Arkansas River in Sand Spring, Okla. Communities that have seen little rain are getting hit by historic flooding along the Arkansas River thanks to downpours upstream that have prompted officials to open dams to protect some cities but inundate others with swells of water. (DroneBase via AP)

One death in Arkansas has been attributed to the flooding, which also persists in parts of Oklahoma. Two levees have been topped in rural areas of Arkansas.

In Tulsa, Mayor G.T. Bynum said Tuesday that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will continue releasing 275,000 cubic feet (7,787 cubic meters) per second to help drain the swollen Keystone Lake reservoir. Bynum says that number could increase depending on the rainfall.

This Tuesday, May 28, 2019, aerial photo shows flooded homes along the Arkansas River in Sand Spring, Okla. Communities that have seen little rain are getting hit by historic flooding along the Arkansas River thanks to downpours upstream that have prompted officials to open dams to protect some cities but inundate others with swells of water. (DroneBase via AP)
This Tuesday, May 28, 2019, aerial photo shows flooded homes along the Arkansas River in Sand Spring, Okla. Communities that have seen little rain are getting hit by historic flooding along the Arkansas River thanks to downpours upstream that have prompted officials to open dams to protect some cities but inundate others with swells of water. (DroneBase via AP)

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