Arkansas Campground Coping Midst Flooding
While Arkansas state parks with lakes see floodwaters nearly every year, that doesn’t diminish the impact of the changing tide. Officials at DeGray Lake near Bismarck, Ark., said they’ve learned to expect the unexpected when it comes to weather, KTHV-TV, Little Rock, reported.
The waters of Lake DeGray have risen between six and eight feet above normal. The water covers tables, barbecue grills, and roads. But, this scene comes as no shock to DeGray Lake Park Superintendent Mike Wilson.
“Usually, if we had to do an average, (it floods) maybe once a year in the spring. It is a little later this year,” said Wilson.
Wilson has only shut down certain areas, and he was quick to point out that most of the park is unaffected.
“The entire park remains open with the exception of the two beaches that we have,” explained Wilson.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages a portion of DeGray Lake. Natural Resource Specialist, Renea Guin, said once flood waters hit the natural state, a safety plan kicks in.
“Shutting off power to certain campsites, shutting down boat ramps, and barricading them off to where no one can launch in those high waters,” Guin said.
With forecasters expecting another storm front on the way, Wilson remains on standby.
“We anticipate that we’re going to stay the same over the next week, but Mother Nature can be fickle. We can’t always estimate and project what Mother Nature is going to do,” said Wilson.