VAN BUREN, Ark. (KNWA) – Van Buren Police are warning residents about flooded areas.

The Arkansas River is currently above flood stage in Van Buren at a level of 23.6 feet and is expected to rise to at least 31 feet by noon Friday.

According to Van Buren Police, the river will then crest at a minimum of 33 feet. 

As a result of the flooding, the following streets are closed:

  • The road to Lee Creek Park in Downtown Van Buren 
  • Jefferson Street Bridge
  • Rena Road between Pevehouse and Park Ridge Drive

The floodgates along the Arkansas River levee are being closed. Only authorized personnel are permitted near the gates.

Anyone that is caught on the levee system can be arrested for criminal trespassing.

Police urge residents to avoid all flooded areas and to not drive around barricades.