Farmers, Ranchers Bracing For Flooding

Historic crests are expected along the Arkansas River in the coming weeks and it will impact farm land throughout the state. Many farmers with fields and cattle pastures along the river way have spent the past several days moving equipment and livestock as the waters rise, according to the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.

Fort Smith and surrounding communities have been hit with record-setting waters, according to the National Weather Service, and that avalanche of water is expected to pour across the state in the coming weeks as it overwhelms other connecting rivers and tributaries on its way to the Mississippi River. Flood warnings and watches have been issued throughout the state along multiple rivers, according to NWS. Historic crests in some spots could last until the middle of June.

How much it could impact Arkansas’ planting season is unknown.      MORE

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