State Agencies Helping With Flooding

NORTH LITTLE ROCK— The State Emergency Operations Center continues to be activated at Level I today in response to rising water levels and expected flooding along the Arkansas River. The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management has operated at full activation daily since Saturday, May 25.

ADEM provides the physical location for the SEOC. Staff coordinate requests from county governments with state agencies who provide the resources and support to the community. Here are a few examples of state agencies in action making sure that citizens remain safe:

The Arkansas Department of Transportation is closely monitoring the status of roads as the river waters rise. Rising water that covers roadways makes roads impassable. Barriers are set up and signs are posted. State highways that are closed are marked on the department’s website, Citizens are encouraged to look at this website to determine the best routes to drive until the flood waters recede and repairs are made if needed. A call center has been established that operates daily between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. to assist travelers navigate around detours. Remember – turn around, don’t drown.

The Arkansas Forestry Commission is conducting drone flights along the levees of the Arkansas River. Their staff provides reports of waters progress towards covering up a levee or if a levee is leaking. This provides valuable information to other state agencies and county officials as they determine how to address water issues.

The Department of Human Services is working with county officials, Red Cross and churches in communities to establish shelters for those who need to leave their homes because of the flood waters. They are also working with communities to set up locations for those who want to donate to the citizens that have been affected by the floods. The Don Owens Center at 10 Lower Ridge Road in Conway is open as a Red Cross shelter. The location includes a temporary pet shelter provided by the Faulkner County Animal Response Team. Identification and/or proof of residency is NOT required to be admitted to a Red Cross shelter. Individuals and families are encouraged to bring the following items with them: clothing for a few days, bedding, toiletries, essential medication and a stuffed animal, blanket or other items for your children.

The Arkansas National Guard is providing high water rescue teams to help with residents who need to leave their property because of flood waters. They are also helping transport sand bagging machines to counties to fill sand bags to protect property and roads. Sandbag operations are currently being conducted in Faulkner County at the Conway Transportation Department, 100 E Robins Street; Central Fire Station, Corner of Locust & Caldwell; and Beaverfork Volunteer Fire Department, #2 Beaverfork Road.

Citizens affected by this flood event should take all safety precautions and follow the advice of local officials. If property damage occurs, and if it is safe to do so, take pictures of the damage. Citizens can contact their local Office of Emergency Management to determine what preparedness measures they should take.

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