The Army Corps of Engineers issued a small craft advisory for the Arkansas River downstream of Van Buren, Arkansas.
Overnight rainfall in Oklahoma and western Arkansas 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.
Flows at Sanders Lock and Dam at Pine Bluff were about 55,000 c.f.s., will rise above advisory levels by Oct. 12 and crest near 130,000 c.f.s. by Oct. 14, according to a new release.
Flows at Trimble Lock and Dam near Van Buren were about 120,000 c.f.s., and expected to crest at about 130,000 c.f.s. Oct. 11. Flows at Dardanelle Lock and Dam at Russellville were about 100,000 c.f.s., and forecasted to crest at 140,000 c.f.s. Oct. 12. Flows at Murray Lock and Dam at Little Rock were about 60,000 c.f.s. and will rise above advisory levels by Oct. 12, cresting near 130,000 c.f.s. on Oct. 13.
More rain could push flows higher or cause the advisory to remain in effect longer.
“If you are going to be on or near the Arkansas River this weekend please remember to wear your life jacket,” a spokesman said.
Details: www.swl-wc.usace.army.mil, the Corps’ mobile App, www.facebook.com/littlerockusace, or https://twitter.com/#!/usacelittlerock.