Update: Historic Flooding Expected On White & Other Rivers

    10:18 PM, Mar 19, 2008   |    comments
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    Heavy rainfall Tuesday and Wednesday is pushing rivers and streams across the state out of their banks. The National Weather Service says historic flooding is expected on parts of the White River. A flood warning has been issued along the Arkansas River as well. At Morrilton, the Arkansas River will crest near 38.9 feet. Flood stage is 30 feet. Agricultural land along the river will flood, as well as backwater flooding along Point Remove Creek. A levee break during similar stages in 1982 flooded Interstate 40. At Toad Suck Dam, the river will crest near 277.6 feet. The Toad Suck and Lollie Bottoms community are threatened at this stage. Overbank flooding will put thousands of acres of land underwater. Conditions will be too dangerous for boaters. In Little Rock, the river will rise to near 21.4 feet by Friday morning. Some low areas near the river may be affected. The river will rise to near 44.3 feet in Pine Bluff early Saturday. Some roads in Island Harbor will be flooded. -------- The White River is expected to approach the level of the historic December 1982 flood. A Calico Rock, the river is expected to rise to near 39.5 feet by Wednesday evening. Flood stage is 19.0 feet. Parts of Calico Rock and points along the river to Allison will flood. At Batesville, the river is expected to rise to near 27.0 feet by early Thursday morning. Flood stage is 15.0 feet. At 24 feet, state highways 14 and 69 are flooded. Portions of Batesville and Oil Trough will flood. The White River at Newport is expected to crest 32.0 feet Saturday morning. At 31 feet, patrolling of levees in Newport, Jacksonport and Village Creek begins. Homes and businesses inside the levee at Newport will flood. The river hasn't reached these levels since December of 1982. On the White River at Augusta, major flooding is predicted. The river should crest near 37 feet Monday morning. Flood stage is 26 feet. Much of the floodplain will be underwater. Portions of August, Bradford and Russell may flood. Many roads and bridges will be closed. The river at Georgetown will crest at 28.5 feet Tuesday. Georgetown will be cut off when State Highway 36 floods. Flooding is also forecast at Des Arc and Clarendon. -------- Major flooding is forecast on the Petit Jean River. At Danville, the river will crest neat 27.5 feet Wednesday evening, similar to a flood in 1990. Many roads and bridges will be flooded, including state highways 27 and 80. Some buildings may be flooded in Danville. Flooding is also forecast on the Fourche LaFave River. The river will rise to near 33.9 feet by early Friday at Houston. Flood Warnings are also in effect for parts of the Ouachita and Little Missouri Rivers. A Flood Warning is also in effect on the Little Red River at Judsonia. The river will rise above flood stage, putting roads near the river underwater. The Spring River at Imboden is above flood stage. At Hardy, the river is also very high and causing dangerous flooding. This flood is worse than the September 2006 flood that caused two deaths.

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