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Flood Warning
Issued: 2:43 PM CDT Apr. 28, 2017 – National Weather Service

The Flood Warning continues for
the Mulberry river near Mulberry.
* From Saturday evening to Sunday afternoon, or until the warning is
cancelled.
* At 1:30 PM Friday, the stage was 4.91 feet.
* Flood stage is 18.0 feet.
* Minor flooding is forecast.
* Forecast... the Mulberry river near Mulberry is expected to rise
above flood stage late Saturday evening and continue to rise to
near 18.8 feet by Sunday morning. The river is expected to fall
below flood stage late Sunday morning. This forecast is based on a
heavy rain forecast for the next 48 hours. Crest height and timing may
change as this event unfolds. Continue to closely monitor updates
to this warning.
* Impact... at 18.0 feet, agricultural and Timber lands along the left
bank and in the vicinity of the gage begin to flood. The first 7
miles of the river are subject to backwater flooding from the
Arkansas River. Mulberry and the area south of I-40 can be
affected. The river is swift and dangerous. Take action now to
prepare for this flood.


Lat... Lon 3545 9406 3561 9404 3562 9394 3557 9400 3546 9403




243 PM CDT Fri Apr 28 2017

The Flood Warning continues for
the Arkansas River at Van Buren.
* From Saturday afternoon to Monday afternoon, or until the warning
is cancelled.
* At 2:00 PM Friday, the stage was 20.50 feet.
* Flood stage is 22.0 feet.
* Minor flooding is forecast.
* Forecast... the Arkansas River at Van Buren is expected to rise
above flood stage Saturday afternoon and continue to rise to near
25.0 feet by Sunday morning. The river is expected to fall below
flood stage late Monday morning. This forecast is based on a heavy
rain forecast for the next 48 hours. Crest height and timing may
change as this event unfolds. Continue to closely monitor updates
to this warning.
* Impact... at 25.0 feet, extensive agricultural lowland flooding
occurs along the shoreline from Van Buren downstream to Lavaca.
Some rural roads near Lavaca are impassable. Much of Kelley Park
northwest of downtown Fort Smith is flooded. Take action now to
prepare for this flood.


Lat... Lon 3549 9439 3539 9422 3531 9422 3531 9454 3540 9454




243 PM CDT Fri Apr 28 2017

... This is a dangerous and life threatening situation...

the Flood Warning continues for
the Lee Creek near Van Buren.
* From Saturday afternoon to late Sunday night, or until the warning
is cancelled.
* At 10:37 am Friday, the stage was 393.8 feet.
* Major flooding is forecast.
* Flood stage is 401.0 feet.
* Forecast... the river is expected to rise above flood stage by
Saturday afternoon and continue to rise to near 407.6 feet by
Sunday morning. The river will fall below flood stage by Sunday
evening. This forecast is based on a heavy rain forecast for the
next 48 hours. Crest height and timing may change as this event
unfolds. Continue to closely monitor updates to this warning.
* Impact... at 408.0 feet, major flooding occurs downstream from the
Lee Creek Reservoir. The recreational campground near Rena Road is
severely flooded. Rena Road is inundated by high water. Several
residences along Lee Creek downstream from the Reservoir are
flooded. Flooding is comparable to the flooding which occurred on
April 24, 2004. This is a dangerous and life-threatening situation.
Take action now to prepare for this flood.


Lat... Lon 3554 9437 3542 9437 3542 9442 3554 9452




Flash Flood Watch
Issued: 10:22 AM CDT Apr. 28, 2017 – National Weather Service

... Flash Flood Watch remains in effect from 7 PM CDT this evening
through Sunday morning...

The Flash Flood Watch continues for

* portions of Arkansas and Oklahoma... including the following
counties... in Arkansas... Benton... Carroll... Crawford...
Franklin... Madison... Sebastian and Washington AR. In
Oklahoma... Adair... Cherokee... Choctaw... Craig... creek...
Delaware... Haskell... Latimer... Le Flore... Mayes... McIntosh...
Muskogee... Okfuskee... Okmulgee... Ottawa... Pittsburg...
Pushmataha... Rogers... Sequoyah... Tulsa and Wagoner.

* From 7 PM CDT this evening through Sunday morning

* a potent upper level storm system will move into the area
Friday with strong to severe thunderstorms developing by early
evening across portions of eastern Oklahoma and northwest
Arkansas. Thunderstorms will continue Friday night through
Saturday evening with locally heavy rainfall as a frontal
boundary slowly pushes southeast. 4 to 6 inches of rainfall
are expected across east-central Oklahoma and northwest
Arkansas with locally higher amounts approaching 10 inches.

* The heavy rainfall will likely lead to widespread and
potentially life threatening flash flooding. Several rivers
will likely go into moderate to major flood including the
Illinois River and Lee Creek at Van Buren. Beaver Lake Dam in
northwest Arkansas could begin to release water which would
impact areas downstream.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

If you are in the watch area, keep informed, and be ready for
quick action if flash flooding is observed or if a warning is
issued. Persons living in low lying areas along main-Stem rivers
should monitor the latest forecast and be ready to evacuate to
higher ground.

Do not drive your vehicle into areas where water covers the Road
to unknown depths. Take a different Route to reach your
destination or wait until the water recedes. Remember, most flood
related deaths occur in automobiles and flooding is the leading
cause of weather related deaths.

A Flash Flood Watch means rapidly rising water or flooding is
possible within the watch area.




Flash Flood Watch
Issued: 10:22 AM CDT Apr. 28, 2017 – National Weather Service

... Flash Flood Watch remains in effect from 7 PM CDT this evening
through Sunday morning...

The Flash Flood Watch continues for

* portions of Arkansas and Oklahoma... including the following
counties... in Arkansas... Benton... Carroll... Crawford...
Franklin... Madison... Sebastian and Washington AR. In
Oklahoma... Adair... Cherokee... Choctaw... Craig... creek...
Delaware... Haskell... Latimer... Le Flore... Mayes... McIntosh...
Muskogee... Okfuskee... Okmulgee... Ottawa... Pittsburg...
Pushmataha... Rogers... Sequoyah... Tulsa and Wagoner.

* From 7 PM CDT this evening through Sunday morning

* a potent upper level storm system will move into the area
Friday with strong to severe thunderstorms developing by early
evening across portions of eastern Oklahoma and northwest
Arkansas. Thunderstorms will continue Friday night through
Saturday evening with locally heavy rainfall as a frontal
boundary slowly pushes southeast. 4 to 6 inches of rainfall
are expected across east-central Oklahoma and northwest
Arkansas with locally higher amounts approaching 10 inches.

* The heavy rainfall will likely lead to widespread and
potentially life threatening flash flooding. Several rivers
will likely go into moderate to major flood including the
Illinois River and Lee Creek at Van Buren. Beaver Lake Dam in
northwest Arkansas could begin to release water which would
impact areas downstream.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

If you are in the watch area, keep informed, and be ready for
quick action if flash flooding is observed or if a warning is
issued. Persons living in low lying areas along main-Stem rivers
should monitor the latest forecast and be ready to evacuate to
higher ground.

Do not drive your vehicle into areas where water covers the Road
to unknown depths. Take a different Route to reach your
destination or wait until the water recedes. Remember, most flood
related deaths occur in automobiles and flooding is the leading
cause of weather related deaths.

A Flash Flood Watch means rapidly rising water or flooding is
possible within the watch area.