Little Rock Reacts to Arkansas River Flood

Posted on June 4, 2019

While flooding along the Arkansas River is currently reaching record heights, we are pleased to report that most Little Rock area amenities are high, dry and safe.  This includes all area hotels, convention facilities, restaurants, indoor attractions, access roads and highways. The river is expected to crest at 29.8 feet on Wednesday, June 5 according to KATV meteorologist Todd Yukobian, and is receding as planned.

No additional rise in water level is expected.  Due to the sheer volume of water in eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas, the water will recede slowly.  Several neighborhoods and low-lying parks, trails and outdoor sports venues along the river are affected at a moderate to severe degree. Our thoughts are with those going through this difficult time. 

As of now, the water is not expected to affect any events in the city, including Thursday night’s Jimmy Buffet concert at Verizon Area. Tailgating events before the concert has been moved to Riverfront Drive, north of the sea wall.

Please note the following closures:

  • Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum 
  • Arkansas River Trail
  • Riverview Skate Park
  • North Shore Riverfront Park
  • River Road west of Paul Duke Drive
  • Big Dam Bridge
  • Cooks Landing Park
  • Murray Park
  • Rebsaman Golf Course
  • Pinnacle Mountain State Park
  • Two Rivers Park and Bridge
  • Rock Town River Outfitters
  • Burns Park - All areas south of the Interstate are closed. Areas north of the Interstate remain open.

For up-to-the-minute information on park and road closures, we suggest visiting the websites of the Little Rock Department of Parks and Recreation, the North Little Rock Department of Parks and Recreation, the North Little Rock Convention and Visitor's Bureau and the Arkansas Department of Transportation

If you’d like to make a difference with those who’ve been affected by the flood, donations can be made to the American Red Cross of Arkansas here.