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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the Arkansas Red-Basin River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Arkansas River at Dardanelle are issued routinely year-round.
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 40
Moderate Flood Stage: 36
Flood Stage: 32
Action Stage: 32
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 45.91 ft on 05/30/2019 (P)
(2) 44.10 ft on 05/25/1943
(3) 43.40 ft on 05/30/1957
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 45.91 ft on 05/30/2019 (P)
(2) 40.83 ft on 12/29/2015
(3) 37.73 ft on 05/28/2015
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
Currently none available.
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44 Serious flooding expected, overtopping of Dardanelle Drainage District Levee possible. Flood of record prior to completion of the flood control reservoirs and the navigation system was 44.1 feet in May 1943.
41 Major flooding expected, levee patrolling begins. December 2015 flood crested at 40.8 feet. May 1990 flood crested at 41.6 feet. Several highways and numerous county roads flooded.
36 Moderate flood conditions expected with numerous roads and highways affected, backwater up Petit Jean River floods State Highway 154. Carden Bottoms and Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge flooded.
35 State Highway 155 in Yell County and County Roads inside the levee flooded. About 5000 acres of farmland flooded.
34 Approximately 2000 acres of farmland flooded. Galla Creek Wildlife Management area partially flooded and State Highway 105 along the river may be affected.
32 Minor flooding, commercial and industrial areas along the river in Dardanelle and Russellville may be affected. Lower lying agricultural land within the levee starts to flood.
(1) Arkansas River at Dardanelle (September 2019)
(2) Dardanelle Lock and Dam (September 2019)

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