Multiple counties throughout Arkansas are being warned of flooding in their areas. The affected rivers are the White River and Black River in the following locations:
- White River At Des Arc affecting Prairie County.
- White River At Clarendon affecting Arkansas and Monroe Counties.
- White River At Augusta affecting White and Woodruff Counties.
- Black River At Black Rock affecting Jackson, Independence, and Lawrence Counties.
The flood has risen from 27.7 feet on Sunday to 28 feet. However, the National Weather Service expects this to fall through the week. Cropland and timber is being affected by this flooding. Roads in the lower Maddix Counties, off Highway 146, are currently impassable, cutting off homes and cabins in the area.
Currently, there is no projected end to the flooding. However, forecasts will be reissued in the evening, which may indicate when rainfall will dissipate.
Motorists are being asked not to drive around preventative barricades that have been set up to block flooded routes. Most deaths that occur during floods happen in vehicles, so follow the advice "turn around, don't drown."
How to stay informed on the flood
Flooding is one of the most common natural disasters in the United States, which can happen in any state, including Arkansas. If you're in an affected area, you should tune in to the NOAA Weather Radio or local radio stations to stay informed.
Your local government should have prepared emergency plans in the event of flooding. Always listen to the emergency management officials and follow their guidance on what to do next.