Little Rock officials held a briefing today on Arkansas River flood preparations and the major news was an increase in the expected flood stage in Little Rock from 28 to 29 feet. That crest is predicted to hit next week, June 5.
City officials said this rise doesn’t yet seem likely to imperil most homes and businesses. There are street, bridge and park closures already in low-lying areas along the river, but most developments are built high enough to avoid flood waters. Areas discussed included the Johnson Ranch residential area, Riverdale (where pumps and a levee are expected to keep buildings, if not all streets, free of water) and downtown, where Riverfront Park will see rising water levels. Some low areas in a neighborhood east of the airport also may see flooding.
The video above is from the Pulaski sheriff’s office and shows flooding in Two Rivers Park.
The Brian Chilson photos below show the rising water in North Little Rock’s Riverfront Park and along the river’s edge in downtown Little Rock.