The Arkansas River is expected to crest at 51.5 feet on Friday, up from the previously projected crest of 51 feet, according to the National Weather Service.

That’s just  shy of the all-time record of 52.1 feet set in 1943. Flood stage is 42 feet.

The crest date has been shifted several times.  And rain is in the forecast.


From the National Weather Service:

858 AM CDT Thu Jun 6 2019

...From the National Weather Service in Little Rock...the Flood
Warning continues for the following river in Arkansas...

  Arkansas River At Little Rock affecting Pulaski County

  Arkansas River At Dardanelle 1 NE affecting Pope and Yell Counties

  Arkansas River At Morrilton affecting Conway and Perry Counties

  Arkansas River At Toad Suck Lock And Dam Tailwater affecting
  Faulkner and Perry Counties

  Arkansas River At Pine Bluff affecting Jefferson and Lincoln Counties

River forecasts are based on current conditions and rainfall
forecasted to occur over the next 18 hours. During periods of
flooding...Evening forecasts are reissued with updated rainfall

Showers and thunderstorms will be likely over much of the state
today and tonight. Stronger storms will be efficient rainfall
producers and capable of producing quite a bit of rain in a short
period of time. Due to already saturated ground from heavy rains
and ongoing flooding, it will not take much rain to cause flash
flooding or runoff issues. The heaviest rain is expected over
western and northwest Arkansas.

Also, while an isolated strong storm won`t be out of the
question, the overall threat of severe thunderstorms is low.

Meanwhile, the Arkansas River will continue to rise or remain
high, with major flooding continuing at all forecast points along
the river.