LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Army Corps of Engineers has updated the flow forecast for the Arkansas River in Arkansas as rain continues to fall in the river’s drainage basin in Oklahoma and Kansas. The updated flows are expected to exceed the flows experienced in May of 1990.
Flows at Trimble Lock and Dam near Fort Smith are about 270,000 cubic feet per second and are expected to peak Monday, May 27 at about 560,000 c.f.s. Flows at Dardanelle Lock and Dam at Russellville are 185,000 c.f.s. and expected to peak Wednesday, May 29 at about 540,000 c.f.s. Flows at Toad Suck Lock and Dam at Conway are 180,000 c.f.s. and expected to peak Thusday, May 30 at about 525,000 c.f.s. Flows at Murray Lock and Dam at Little Rock are 180,000 c.f.s. and expected to peak Friday, May 31 at about 515,000 c.f.s. Flows at Emmett Sanders Lock and Dam at Pine Bluff are 180,000 c.f.s. and are expected to peak Sunday, June 2 at 490,000 c.f.s. Flows at Dam 2 near Tichnor are 180,000 c.f.s. are expected to peak Tuesday, June 4 at 490,000 c.f.s.
The National Weather Service predicts river stages and reminds persons along the Arkansas River to be monitoring their website in order to make decisions about whether to move livestock, equipment and belongings to higher ground. People in at-risk areas should also stay in contact with local emergency officials.
The river forecast website is https://water.weather.gov.
For persons who are interested in the Arkansas River in Western Arkansas the National Weather Service link for Van Buren is: https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=tsa&gage=vbua4.
For Central Arkansas the forecast site is just outside Conway at: https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=lzk&gage=toda4.
For those interested in the Arkansas River in eastern Arkansas, the Pine Bluff forecast information is: https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=lzk&gage=pbfa4.
Daily river information can be obtained at www.swl-wc.usace.army.mil or the Corps’ mobile App which can be found in mobile App stores by searching for USACE Little Rock.
Release no. 19-056