Lee Creek near Van Buren under flood warning


The National Weather Service is issuing a flood warning for Lee Creek, a tributary to the Arkansas River, until further notice. 

Flood control lakes in the Tulsa district are reaching their max. Because of this, the Army Corps of Engineers advises anyone in low lying areas along the river in Arkansas to be aware and monitor the river levels.

At 4 a.m. on Tuesday, the Arkansas River was at 396 feet. The river is expected to rise above flood stage (401 feet) and continue to rise near 407 feet by Friday.

Major flooding will occur along the Arkansas River from Lee Creek to Ozark with all locations reaching major flood stage by Friday.

Farmland and recreational areas near the river will likely flood. Crawford County Emergency Management says not to swim, boat, or fish along the Arkansas River or Lee Creek for the next couple of days.

The water level is comparable to the flooding that occurred on April 24, 2004.

The National Weather Service says this is a dangerous and life-threatening situation.

You can check the river forecast by clicking the link here.

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