Pulaski County Experiences Historic Flooding

Pulaski County experienced a major flood event following a flood system that passed through Oklahoma, May 20. What began in Sebastian County slowly made its way to Pulaski County. Once expected to reach 1990 levels quickly the Arkansas River exceeded those levels. Prior to the flood, our primary areas of concern were the Pinnacle Valley Community, Two Rivers Park and Isbell Lane. Our secondary areas were Palarm Creek, Natural Steps, Colonel Maynard Road, John Branch Road, Settlement Road and Grassy Lake.

Below is a timeline of significant events. 

May 24, 2019

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson declared State of Emergency

May 27, 2019

Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde Verbally Declared followed by a written declaration

May 28, 2019

Pulaski County Public Works closed the Big Dam Bridge and Two Rivers Bridge. Residents near Two Rivers Park evacuated.

May 31, 2019

Residents of the Pinnacle Valley Community were evacuated and the remaining homeowner near Two Rivers Park was also evacuated with the assistance of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office. We evacuated a total of 18 families from May 30 – May 31

After meeting with the Army Corps of Engineers’ Colonel Robert G. Dixon regarding the status of levees, there was a concern about the Woodson Levee District. Residents in that area were advised to prepare in case an evacuation became necessary. This information is being provided as a precaution. No mandatory evacuation was issued. Residents were encouraged to make preparations in case and evacuation became necessary.

It was discovered that a drainage pipe was placed near the Old River Levee Near Scott. The National Guard used Black Hawks to drop super sand bags to plug the pipe but leaks were still experienced.

Pulaski County Public Works placed sand and bags at the following areas:

Scott Volunteer Fire Department
7600 AR-161
Scott, AR 72142

Wrightsville City Hall
13024 AR-365
Little Rock, AR 72206

Pinnacle Valley Road and Simmon Loop
Big Rock Township, AR 72223

June 1, 2019

The flow at the Old River Levee slowed significantly but seeping still existed.

June 2, 2019

The Old River Levee still showed slow leaks. Pulaski County Public Works continued to monitor.

For day by day updates on the work of Public Works please see our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PulaskiAR/

Cozetta Jones
Communications Director