An emergency flood warning for those living along Lake Conway remains in effect as waters are expected to continue rising as rainfall makes its way into the area.
According to an emergency alert issued Tuesday, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission expect the waters at Lake Conway to exceed the flood stage of 266 feet by Wednesday. Along with this prediction, AGFC believes the water will continue rising five feet above normal pool "and possibly higher with additional rainfall" by Friday.
Officials warn those living along the lake who have experienced flooding over the last decade to prepare themselves for the 2019 Arkansas River Flood's affects on Lake Conway.
"Those living in close proximity to Lake Conway should take immediate action to protect themselves and property from flood damage," the AGFC said in its most recent alert, adding that those living less than 6 feet above the lake's normal pool likely will be affected.
As waters continue rising in Palarm Creek, flooding along Lake Conway is expected to continue.
Water levels at Lake Conway are expected to rise 1 foot every 24 hours.
Due to current flooding issues, officials will be unable to drain water downstream while 3 inches of rainwater are expected to pour into the area between Wednesday and Saturday.
Those who live in the area are monitoring water levels daily, and placing sandbags around their homes.
Frank Adams, who lives in Mayflower along Lake Conway, said he remembers the lake flooding over in 2011. His home did not flood eight years ago, but he is taking the necessary precautions in case his home is affected during the historic Arkansas River flooding incident.
The Arkansas River at the Toad Suck Lock and Dam crested Monday, but many areas still are experiencing rising waters.
"I think all of us are just worried," Adams told the Log Cabin Democrat out by the Lake Conway Dam at Palarm Creek. "I live here and we’ve got sandbags and hope the sandbags don’t get wet."
Adams said he was worried about elderly people living in the area that would not have the means to build sandbag barriers around their homes. However, the community stepped up to help these individuals and volunteers at the Beaverfork Fire Department delivered sandbags.
Sandbags are currently available at 12 locations across the county:The Beaverfork Fire Department, located at 4 Beaverfork Road. The Highway 286 Fire Department, located at 268 Highway 286 East.. The Saltillo Fire Department, located at 1 Adams Lake Road. Lawrence Landing Road at the Lawrence Landing Circle Boat Launch. The intersection of Palarm Creek Road and Alf Lane. Paradise Landing. Mayflower City Hall, located at 2 Ashmore Drive. Lewis Crossing at 1292 E. Dave Ward Drive, behind Crain Kia. The shale pit at the intersection of Foothill and Mountain Air drives in the Cadron Township. The old boat dock on Brandon Landing Road. Greenlake Road off Clinton Road near the shooting range. The old bait shop at the Caney Creek Road and Thomas Lane intersection.
To have volunteers at BFD deliver sandbags to a residence within Faulkner County, call 501-514-2302.
A Red Cross shelter is currently available for those who need a place to go in the event their home is flooded.
The shelter is set up at the Don Owen Sports Center in Conway and can house 300 people. The Red Cross also has five other shelters available to those affected by the 2019 Arkansas River Flood. Other shelters are stationed at the Evangel Temple in Fort Smith, at the Dardanelle Community Center in Dardanelle, the River Park Church of Christ in Russellville, the North Little Rock Community Center in North Little Rock and also at the Southeast Arkansas College-Seabrook in Pine Bluff.
There are also Red Cross-supported shelters available at the Dyer Community Building in Dyer, the Swan Lake Fire Station in Altheimer and at the Wright/Pastoria Community Center in Wright. An independent shelter is also available to those in need at the First Paptist Church in Lavaca.
Those who seek shelter via the Red Cross are asked to bring with them clothing, bedding, toiletries, medications and children’s toys. Meals are served three times a day to those in need at the shelters.
As of midnight Sunday, 114 Arkansans sought shelter at Red Cross-operated shelters, spokesman Christina Fowler said. Of those, 58 stayed in Fort Smith, 27 stayed in the Conway shelter, 15 were at the North Little Rock shelter, fiver were in Dardanelle, five sought shelter in Wright and four stayed at the Altheimer shelter.
Those wishing to make a $10 donation during the historic flooding event can text REDCROSS to 90999. Those wishing to volunteer with the Red Cross can contact organizers at www.redcross.org.
There is also an emergency animal shelter near the Red cross shelter. This is the first time a shelter has been established for animals in the county. The emergency shelter is headed by the Faulkner County Animal Response Team and stationed at the Faulkner County Rodeo Arena at 10 Lower Ridge Road in Conway.
More than 20 roadways across the county have closed either due to high waters or as a safety measure to keep traffic out of the area while emergency personnel monitor flood levels. Current road closures include:Highway 64 at Cadron Creek. Springfield Road in Wooster. Highway 89 from Jerrell Lane to Easterwood Point Road. Highway 365 at the Pulaski/Faulkner county line. Highway 89 from the Mayflower Cemetery near Capps Road to Dawn Drive. Lollie Road from Donnel Ridge Road to Easterwood Point Road. Winter Creek Drive in Mayflower. Christy Lane in Mayflower. Charlotte Drive in Mayflower. Hensley Lane in Holland. Burgess Lane in Wooster. Bayou Road in Holland. Highway 25 from West Cadron Ridge Road to Beaverfork Road. Glover Road in the Hardin Township. Highway 60 at the Toad Suck Lock and Dam. Woodward Road in Mayflower. Luker Lane in Mayflower. Jones Lane in Mayflower. Easterwood Point Road. James Road off Highway 65. Grassy Lake Road in the Danley Township. Shawbridge Road in Wooster. Red Oak Drive in Mayflower. Sandy Gap Road in the Benedict Township. Faulkner Meadows Road in Mayflower.
Officials have announced that 46 RV plots are available at the Conway Expo and Event Center for those who need a place to stay in their RVs during the flooding incident.
City officials said electricity and water will be provided at the center at no cost.
To reserve a spot, call 501-327-2532 or send an email to either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Conway Department of Sanitation Administrative Assistant Mandy Cates said the landfill, customer convenience area and yard waste facility is still closed because of flooding in the city.
The Arkansas National Guard was deployed over the weekend to aid local officials with flood relief. On Tuesday, troops airlifted and delivered hay bales to cattle stranded by the flood waters in Conway County.
Local officials also released a video on Tuesday to dispel rumors that the Lollie Levee had breached.
Conway Mayor Bart Castleberry said those monitoring the area did find "a small area of concern" and sandbagged the area.
Faulkner County Attorney David Hogue said the issue addressed was due to "a little bit of erosion" and that he and other officials believed the levee would continue holding as it was designed to do.
"The bad news is, we've got a little bit of erosion," Hogue said. "The good news is, we've got another 20 yards of solid dirt between dry land and wet land. I'm holding onto hope. I think that we're going to be OK, but we'll keep you posted."
According to radio traffic, water was sloshing over a portion of the levee and a sandbagging operation quickly eliminated the threat.