WEST MEMPHIS, ARK., DEC. 25 -- Flooding forced hundreds of residents from their homes today in central and eastern Arkansas and western Tennessee, including an area struggling to recover from a Dec. 14 tornado.

Heavy rains, which triggered floodwaters as deep as four feet in Arkansas and six feet in Tennessee, were blamed for at least three traffic deaths in Arkansas, one Thursday and two today.

In Crittenden County, still cleaning up after the twister that killed six, the rains forced evacuation of more than 100 homes in West Memphis and as many as 75 homes in Marion.

Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton (D) mobilized 25 National Guardsmen to aid in the evacuations at West Memphis, press secretary Mike Gauldin said in Little Rock.

"The area hit by the tornado is having flooding problems," Gauldin said. "The guardsmen are taking people to the {same} community center" that was used to shelter

the homeless after last week's tornado.

At Marion, "It's a mess and it looks like it's going to get worse," Patrolman Gary Kelly said. "We're supposed to get another five inches pretty soon."

Kelly said water stood up to four feet deep in Marion. Evacuees were taken to City Hall and the county courthouse, where they contacted relatives and friends for shelter, he said.

Across the Mississippi River at Millington, Tenn., police reported evacuating as many as 600 people after more than 10 inches of rain drenched the town. Specialist Jack Mogul with the National Weather Service at Memphis said water was six feet deep in parts of Millington, and there had been flooding as well in Memphis and in Madison County, Tenn., with some evacuations.

Steady rain Thursday and today dumped 9.31 inches at Sparkman in south-central Arkansas, 6.59 inches of rain at Little Rock, 5.94 inches at North Little Rock, 4.53 inches at Hot Springs, 4.52 inches at Memphis and 4.07 inches at Texarkana.

The National Weather Service at Little Rock said Thursday's rainfall of 5.01 was the wettest Christmas Eve ever in the city and the highest one-day rainfall recorded in December. The 1.58 inches by midday set a Christmas Day record. One gauge in western Little Rock had recorded 10.20 inches, the service said.

Flash-flood warnings were issued overnight for 16 counties, and the service reported evacuations of homes in Pulaski, Saline, Arkansas, and Jefferson counties in central Arkansas.

In Little Rock, the flood-prone Rock Creek area lived up to its history. A boat was used to rescue two women from a flooded car in Boyle Park, and a man in a wheelchair was put in a boat and rowed to safety. One man was rescued from the roof of his car, and about 15 persons were helped from their homes.

Three deaths on the state's highways were considered weather-related.

Glenn R. Lewis, 37, of Little Rock, skidded into oncoming traffic on rain-slick U.S. 70 east of Hot Springs Thursday afternoon and died in the collision. Larry Armstrong, 28, and his daughter, Amber, 6, of Dexter, Mo., died today when a car went out of control on U.S. 64 near Parkin and hit Armstrong's truck, which then hit a bridge, overturned and burst into flames.