Voluntary Evacuations Along Toad Suck Lock & Dam Are "Strongly Recommended"

According to the National Weather Service, Toad Suck Lock & Dam may now crest at 284.0 ft on June 2nd. According to a post from Faulkner County OEM/911 "they are anticipating this will be the WORST flooding in recorded history on the Arkansas River..."

See the full post printed below and follow @FaulknerCountyOEM911 for updates.

FLOOD UPDATE 5/26/19 5:00PM

**ARKANSAS RIVER UPDATE**

There has been a change projected in the crest date and level at the Toad Suck Lock & Dam from yesterday. The National Weather Service is predicting Toad Suck Lock & Dam to crest at 284.0 feet on June 2nd. They are anticipating this will be the WORST flooding in recorded history on the Arkansas River. Residents are encouraged to take actions now. Voluntary evacuations are strongly recommended!!!!

**LAKE CONWAY UPDATE FROM ARKANSAS GAME & FISH**

Lake Conway's water level is now one foot below normal pool, 262.0 feet. They will be closing all spillway gates on Lake Conway today at 3:30 PM. Once the spillway gates are closed, they will remain closed during the AR River flood event to prevent additional water from back flowing into Lake Conway. At this time there is not an imminent threat. This could however change. We encourage all residents around Lake Conway to continue to monitor the situation.

**SANDBAGS**

Sandbag operations are still ongoing. Sandbags may be picked up at Beaverfork Fire Department, 2 Beaverfork Road, Conway from 8 am to 8 pm. Volunteers wanting to assist in filling sandbags can report to this location during the same hours. There is also a sandbag station (fill your own bags) at the Mayflower Fire Department, 48 Easterwood Point Road.

**SHELTER**

An emergency shelter has been opened at the Don Owens Sports Center, 10 Lower Ridge Road, Conway. Please bring identification and/or proof of residency.

**FAULKNER COUNTY ANIMAL RESPONSE TEAM**

The Faulkner County Animal Response Team is stationed just behind the Don Owens Sports Center. They will be providing care for animals displaced by the flood. They can also provide housing for pets of those staying in the Don Owens shelter. For assistance contact Catherine Swift at 361-739-9181 or for updates follow them on Facebook @FCAnimalResponseTeam.

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