POCAHONTAS, Ark. (AP) - Officials say the Black River in northeast Arkansas has dropped to its lowest level since the late 1950s.

Jonesboro television station KAIT reports ( that the river hasn't been this low since 1956. Hydrologists say the river is well below 1 foot. That's compared to a flood stage of 17 feet at Pocahontas.

The low water level is bringing out treasure hunters who are finding mussel shells, old tools, shoe leather and other items.

The city of Pocahontas uses the river as its drinking water supply. Water department manager Bill Daniel says the city has enough water to meet demand, but residents are asked to alternate the days in which they water their yards.

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