The Army Corps of Engineers, Little Rock District is urging the public to keep off of levees across Arkansas after recent historic flooding.
“The levees have never been tested by this much water before and are extremely saturated right now,” said Colonel Robert Dixon, Little Rock District commander. “We need to continue to work together as a community and help keep pressure off the levees by not driving personal vehicles or ATVs on top of them.”
As the flood waters recede, the water that is saturating the levees may not be noticeable. The Corps says that even if a levee looks dry, it may still be very saturated and in need of additional time to drain.
The Corps has received reports of personal trucks and other motorized vehicles driving on top of levees within the past week. The pressure, vibrations, and tread marks from these vehicles can cause additional stress on an already saturated levee.
Local, county, state, and federal agencies are working to monitor and maintain the levees and should be the only ones atop the levees, according to the Corps.
If you have a question regarding the state of a levee, call your local county emergency management office for more information.