Officials give final update on Arkansas River before the weekend

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FORT SMITH, Ark. (KNWA)– The Arkansas River was thought to have crested, but waters are still slowly rising.

As promised, officials have been holding meetings twice a day to inform residents of the possible dangers the River Valley faces. 

City Administrator Carl E. Geffken explains it as a long term crest, with the river currently sitting at just under 41 ft. 

 Even though the water is moving slower, safety is a top priority as officials continue to emphasize the importance of not driving past the barricades.

But, they understand people want to see the historic flooding so if you want to get a look at the water, they’re asking you to go to Garrison Ave. Bridge in Fort Smith or Jefferson Bridge in Van Buren.

While the city is grateful that volunteers want to start helping people move water out of their houses and clear out debris, the biggest thing it’s asking for is patience.  

Geffken said, “We need to wait for the waters to recede, go in, assess the damage, and then we can let our residents not only here in Fort Smith but throughout the River Valley go back into their homes.”

While there will be no briefings this weekend, lunch and dinner will still be served for flood victims.

This will be at Community Bible, Evangel Temple and Salvation Army.

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