Historic Flows On Arkansas River

The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers says the Arkansas River is predicted to reach 30-year highs over Memorial Day weekend and water speeds are expected to be more than seven times faster than the level deemed too dangerous for small craft.

A small-craft advisory is enacted when water speeds reach or exceed 70,000 cubic feet per second.

Flows at Toad Suck Lock and Dam at Conway are 165,000 c.f.s. and expected to peak Tuesday.   MORE

The Army Corps of Engineers is urging all visitors to Greers Ferry Lake to exercise caution while water levels are high. Campers, swimmers, and boaters visiting park areas should be aware that certain amenities may be closed to the public for their protection.

Boaters should be aware that with the higher water conditions, objects normally out of the water are now submerged and difficult to see.

When boating near the shore and in coves, go slow and be extra cautious to avoid underwater obstacles such as sign posts, picnic tables, trees, stumps and other obstructions that are normally on dry ground. Be sure to have an observer in your boat when possible, slow down, and always wear your life jacket. Use extreme caution when boating at night, as obstructions such as floating debris are even more difficult to see at night.    MORE

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