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Historic flooding strikes Heartland as water levels creep higher
 


The Arkansas River continued cresting at record levels on Wednesday morning as 57 flood gauges remained at major or record flood stages.

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Major to historic flooding is expected throughout the week, with concerns again focused on the Arkansas, Mississippi and Missouri rivers.

Tropical moisture is delivering heavy rain throughout Gulf Coast states Wednesday morning, and Houston could see flash flooding later in the day. Flash flood watches have been issued for parts of Texas and Louisiana.

PHOTO: Flash flood watches have been issued in Texas and Louisiana.ABC News
Flash flood watches have been issued in Texas and Louisiana.

Over the next few days, some areas could see half a foot of rain, with flash flooding stretching from Texas into the Carolinas.

PHOTO: Heavy rainfall is expected for much of the U.S. through the end of the week.ABC News
Heavy rainfall is expected for much of the U.S. through the end of the week.

Elsewhere, two tornadoes were seen Tuesday in New Mexico. Minor damage and baseball-sized hail were reported.

Severe weather also was reported in Minnesota, where the southern part of the state saw winds of 85 mph. Areas near the Twin Cities saw street flooding with 3 to 4 inches of rain.

PHOTO: Severe weather on Wednesday may stretch from St. Louis to past Raleigh.ABC News
Severe weather on Wednesday may stretch from St. Louis to past Raleigh.

An estimated 31 million people over 10 states could see severe weather, including damaging wind, hail or tornadoes, throughout Wednesday. Thunderstorms are forecast later in the day for parts of the mid-Atlantic region into New England.