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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 Van Buren are issued routinely year-round.
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Upstream Gauge - near Muskogee Upstream Gauge Downstream Gauge Downstream Gauge - at Ozark L/D Tailwater
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 31
Moderate Flood Stage: 26
Flood Stage: 22
Action Stage: 22
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 40.79 ft on 06/01/2019 (P)
(2) 40.26 ft on 05/28/2019 (P)
(3) 38.10 ft on 04/16/1945
(4) 38.00 ft on 05/12/1943
(5) 37.30 ft on 11/03/1941
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 22.51 ft on 07/03/2019
(2) 27.06 ft on 06/24/2019
(3) 26.39 ft on 06/08/2019
(4) 40.79 ft on 06/01/2019 (P)
(5) 40.26 ft on 05/28/2019 (P)
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

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Currently none available.
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40 near catastrophic flooding occurs along the Arkansas River. Approaches to the Highway 71B Midland bridge and I-540 bridge may be covered by high water. The Highway 64 bridge approach in Oklahoma is flooded. The port of Fort Smith and nearby businesses are severely flooded. Several residential subdivisions around Fort Smith are flooded. This is an extremely dangerous and life threatening situation.
38 near catastrophic flooding occurs along the Arkansas River. The port of Fort Smith and nearby businesses are severely flooded. Several residential subdivisions around Fort Smith are flooded. The Highway 64 bridge approach in Oklahoma is flooded. Backwater flooding occurs in the trailer parks next to Lee Creek. This is an extremely dangerous and life threatening situation.
37 near catastrophic flooding occurs along the Arkansas River. The port of Fort Smith and nearby businesses are severely flooded. Several residential subdivisions around Fort Smith are flooded. Backwater flooding occurs in the trailer parks next to Lee Creek. This exceeds conditions which occurred on May 5, 1990 when the river crested at 36.1 feet. This is an extremely dangerous and life threatening situation.
35 very damaging flooding occurs along the Arkansas River floodplain. The port of Fort Smith and nearby businesses are severely flooded. Several residential subdivisions around Fort Smith are flooded. Backwater flooding occurs in the trailer parks next to Lee Creek. This is comparable to the December 30, 2015 flood when the river crested at 34.63 feet and May 5, 1990 when the river crested at 36.1 feet. This is an extremely dangerous and life threatening situation.
33 damaging flooding occurs along the Arkansas River floodplain from Moffett, Oklahoma downstream to Lock and Dam 13. The port of Fort Smith and nearby businesses are flooded. Backwater flooding occurs in the trailer parks next to Lee Creek. Some residential subdivisions around Fort Smith are flooded. This will approach the December 30, 2015 flood when the river crested at 34.63 feet. This is an extremely dangerous and life threatening situation.
31 extensive flooding occurs to industrial businesses in the floodplain around Fort Smith. Flooding occurs in Moffett, Oklahoma. Backwater flooding occurs in the trailer parks near Lee Creek. Some residential subdivisions in the floodplain around Fort Smith begin to flood. This is an extremely dangerous and life threatening situation.
29 flooding of sand and gravel companies and other businesses occurs along the river. Some backwater flooding occurs in the roads and trailer parks near Lee Creek. The staff at the Kelley Park amphitheater may be covered by high water. Minor flooding begins in Moffett, Oklahoma.
28 flooding affects sand and gravel companies, marine terminals, and similar businesses along the river. Backwater flooding of roads and trailer parks occurs next to Lee Creek. Much of the seating areas of the Kelley Park amphitheater are covered by high water.
27 extensive lowland flooding occurs east of the I-540 bridge to Vache Grasse Creek. Sand and gravel companies, marine terminals, and similar businesses in the floodplain begin to flood. The lowest seating rows in the Kelley Park amphitheater are covered by high water.
26 extensive lowland flooding occurs from the I-540 bridge downstream to Vache Grasse Creek. Sand and gravel companies and marine terminals in the floodplain along the river should take precautions. The lowest seating rows of the amphitheater at Kelley Park may be covered by high water.
25 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.
24 minor lowland flooding occurs along the shoreline from the I-540 bridge east towards Lavaca. Some rural roads near Lavaca may be impassable. Parts of Kelley Park northwest of downtown Fort Smith experience minor flooding.
23 minor lowland flooding occurs along the shoreline from the I-540 bridge east towards Lavaca.
22 minor lowland flooding occurs along the shoreline from the I-540 bridge east towards Lavaca.
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River flow forecast can be found at the following link: http://http://www.weather.gov/images/abrfc/lwr_ark/VAN_BUREN_QT.gif
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