UPDATE: Crawford County Sheriff Ron Brown said the levee in the Van Buren/Yoestown area is now stable after being at risk of breaking.
The Air National Guard and Crawford County authorities used support materials to steady the levee.
Drones are being used to keep an eye on the levees. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is providing assistance with that.
“It’ll allow us to keep people off of the levee and report back more accurate information and also give the Department of Emergency Management photos, actual photos of the condition of the dam,” Brown said.
With heavy flooding in the area, many levees are at risk of breaking, leaving some communities preparing to evacuate.
The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office went door-to-door Wednesday night in Yoestown, gathering information from residents so they can be immediately notified if the nearby levee breaks.
Sheriff Ron Brown said in addition to the sandbags dropped by the Arkansas National Guard on Tuesday, they have put extra material on the levee to help with erosion, and it’s being closely monitored.
“We did go back in yesterday and put Visqueen over it to help with the erosion, and it’s being physically checked every hour, and as of 10 o’ clock — that was my last notification — its still holding its own,” Brown said.
If you have not given authorities your information and you are in an area that could be impacted if the levee breaks, you’re asked to call the Van Buren Police Department or the Sheriffs Office.