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
Scott, AR 72142
Wrightsville City Hall
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/