Crawford County area levee section at risk of failing


A section of a levee in a Crawford County area is at risk of failing, and it could impact several areas, going as far as Van Buren. 

Barbara Hager with the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management said that the levee in the Yoestown area, located just south of Alma, has become very soft and are at risk of failing. 

Arkansas National Guard dropped sandbags from a helicopter on the levee to strengthen it Tuesday night, but had to stop due to weather. 

The levee has become soft Wednesday, Hager said. 

This drone video is courtesy of Grant Brewer, owner of sUAVe Perceptions.

Sgt. Jonathan Wear with the Van Buren Police Department issued a statement on the weakened levees located near the Yoestown Bottoms.

“The Van Buren levee continues to be closely monitored, and it is currently functioning as designed. However, due to constant heavy water flow, and other factors related to the flood, there is a portion of the levee in Crawford County showing signs of significant leakage and deterioration,” Wear said.

Wear said steps are being taken to repair and reinforce the levee.

“Those steps have helped alleviate some concerns, but this does cause a heightened risk of a levee breach. If this area of the levee does breach, properties will be impacted,” Wear said.

The National Guard is working to drop more sandbags to prevent the levee from failing. 

Wear said Van Buren police and Crawford County deputies are notifying community members about potential flooding because of the weakened levee. The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office says it’s been going door to door in the Yoestown area, gathering contact information.

The Department of Emergency Management is monitoring the situation closely. 

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