High Water Closes Barge Traffic On Parts Of Arkansas River

May 14, 2015

Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR News

  Barge and small boat traffic remains closed on portions of the Arkansas River as authorities wait for water from heavy rainfall earlier this week to recede.

The river flooded onto park land Wednesday morning near Pine Bluff after the water rose over 42 feet. National Weather Service officials estimate more than 9 inches of rain fell in Fort Smith between Friday and Monday, contributing to minor flooding inside the river's levee system.

Little Rock District Army Corps of Engineers spokesman Jay Townsend says the agency closed a lock and dam outside nearby Jefferson Wednesday because of high water.

It closed three other lock and dams in Fort Smith, Morrilton and Toad Suck on Monday because of high water. The Fort Smith lock and dam was reopened to barges Tuesday.