County officials have received reports of flood damages from five homeowners since severe weather struck last week. However, water levels are still high and more rain is expected throughout the week.
County Attorney David Hogue said on Monday that officials will not be able to get a full assessment of damaged areas until water levels recede.
"Right now, we only have [five] homes with flood damage," Hogue said Monday. "Some places we can't get to [at this time] due to high water. We have several locations with damage to out buildings and shops. We are not able to get a full assessment until the water recedes."
The National Weather Service in Little Rock announced on Monday that it expects another 2 to 4 inches of rainfall beginning Tuesday night through Wednesday.
Since the rains stopped Saturday evening, some progress has been made in the area, Matt Horton with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said. As of Monday afternoon, the flood warning for Lake Conway had been removed.
On Monday afternoon, Horton said Lake Conway's water level had dropped to just below flood level, noting the water level was "dropping at a rate of 1.2 inches (1/10th of a foot) every four hours."
Another 4 feet of water needs to drain out to get water levels back down to winter pool, which is 262 feet, he said, noting the AGFC manages the water level from Nov. 15 through March 15 to maintain winter pool. Managing the lake's water level at 262 feet provides 1 foot of additional water storage.
"If the rate of drop in the lake's water level doesn't change, we will have the lake down to winter pool sometime on Sunday," Horton said. "However, we still have 1-2 inches of rain predicted for Tuesday and Wednesday of this week."
Horton said he does not believe incoming rains will bring the lake back up to flood level.
"This should not be enough rain to bring the lake back to flood stage," he said. "All 15 spillway gates will remain open until the lake gets within a few inches of winter pool, then spillway gates will be shut in a stepwise fashion to relieve any additional groundwater runoff, prior to closing all the gates."
Horton said he does not see any additional threats of residential flooding in the Lake Conway area.
Damage reports can be submitted to the Faulkner County Office of Emergency Management online at www.oem911.net under the "Forms" tab on the left-hand column or by calling 501-450-4935.
"We will need to conduct damage assessments as soon as possible," Hogue said. "In order to receive federal assistance, we must meet a threshold of damage to be eligible."