The Army Corps of Engineers issued a small craft advisory for the Arkansas River downstream of Van Buren, according to a news release.

Overnight heavy rainfall in eastern Oklahoma caused flows to rise. Small craft advisories are issued when flows exceed 70,000 cubic feet per second. During high flows, strong currents and large debris can threaten the safety of pleasure craft.

At noon Friday, Arkansas River flows at Van Buren were 75,000 cfs and rising. The flow at Van Buren is forecasted to reach 120,000 c.f.s. on Aug. 24 with flows downstream of Van Buren forecasted to rise through the weekend.

More rain could push flows higher or cause the advisory to remain in effect longer. Daily river information can be obtained at or the Corps’ mobile App which can be found in mobile App stores by searching for USACE Little Rock.

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