Preparing for potential flooding

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - While an upcoming threat of severe storms have the potential for strong winds and tornadoes, we know for sure they will bring plenty of rain and that means more concerns about flooding.

"Every time, we get a heavy rain it floods out," said Eddie Johnson.

Johnson works at the Exxon on Markham and Van Buren. He has been here off and on for almost 20 years. He says he will not be surprised if that intersection becomes a pond after the weekend.

"We have to just take it as it comes and wait till it floods away," said Johnson.

The National Weather Service is predicting a three day severe weather outbreak across the state, with the potential for flooding, high winds and tornadoes. The Army Corps of Engineers says right now they have room for the excess water in rivers and lakes.

"If we were not operating our reservoirs then there would be more frequent large damaging floods," said Michael Biggs.

Michael Biggs is the Chief of the Reservoir Patrol Section. He says they cannot lower water levels based on weather forecasts. If they let water out, and it does not rain in that area, they might not be able to fill it back up. Or they could release water into an area that ends up getting a significant rainfall.

"There is nothing we do in anticipation for rainfall," said Biggs. "We wait for it to actually rain because then we know when it has rained. How much it has rained and where it has rained."

The Little Rock Corps has an app. You can use it to get lake levels and forecasts. Little Rock is the only district in the country that has one right now.

The Highway Department was out all week clearing ditches and cleaning up sand around ditches washed to the side from this past winter. The National Guard is ready to react in a flooding emergency.


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