LITTLE ROCK (AGFC) – It's been a difficult week for many Arkansans. Tornadoes, high winds, hail and flooding have wreaked havoc across the state. Several Arkansas Game and Fish Commission facilities and properties have born the brunt of some of these storms.
The popular Dr. James E. Moore Jr. Camp Robinson Firing Range at Mayflower has been severely damaged. High winds toppled large trees, destroyed the baffle system on the pistol range and damaged the roof on the facility's range house.
The range had been closed since early February while it was undergoing an extensive renovation. It was scheduled to open May 1. Renovations included increasing the rifle shooting positions from 10 to 12, and pistol positions from 20 to 30 spots. Spaces for additional shooting positions were also being created by leveling the berm between rifle and pistol ranges and replacing it with a concrete barrier.
AGFC personnel are working to clean up the downed trees in hopes of opening the skeet and trap ranges for shotgunners.
To find out more about the range, as well as a calendar, go to: http://www.agfc.com/aboutagfc/Pages/AboutFacilitiesRobinsonFR.aspx.
Dam No. 3 at the Jim Hinkle State Fish Hatchery on the Spring River in Fulton County sustained damage in the early morning hours of Easter Sunday. Flooding on the Warm Fork of the Spring River caused the center buttress that supported the flood control gates on the dam and the temporary cofferdam to give way. The buttress had been designed as the failure point in the dam to sacrifice the flood control gates to protect the dam superstructure in a flood event.
Due to the volume of flood water and turbidity, it may be several days a comprehensive assessment of damage to the flood gates, cofferdam and dam superstructure will be available.
Roads leading to the Fred Berry Conservation Education Center on Crooked Creek have been severely damaged. The education center is located in Marion County near Yellville. The center is closed until water recedes from the road.
The Governor Mike Huckabee Delta Rivers Nature Center in Pine Bluff is currently closed due to flooding and a power outage in the area. The nature center was extensively remodeled and reopened in early March.