LITTLE ROCK AGFC) – For the second time in just over two weeks, last week's
heavy rainfall forced the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to
manipulate water levels on several wildlife management areas in
northeastern and eastern Arkansas. The measures are necessary to prevent
damage or failure of infrastructure such as levees and water-control
structures. Arkansas's second segment of the waterfowl season opened on
AGFC staff are manipulating water levels at Dave Donaldson Black River
WMA, Earl Buss Bayou DeView WMA, St. Francis Sunken Lands WMA, Big Lake
WMA and Shirey Bay Rainey Brake WMA.
As much as 5 inches of rain fell on various parts of the state this past Sunday
and Monday, causing a rapid rise in streams and rivers that feed the
management areas. The surge of water potentially could cause blowouts in
levees and water-control structures, causing additional water loss.
Infrastructure on many of the affected WMAs was recently repaired
following past flooding.
At Bayou Meto WMA in eastern Arkansas, AGFC staff have opened all Lower
Vallier and Cannon Brake water control structures. Levels are still
rising in the lower impoundment and the Salt Ditch and Fish Lake Ditch
have not crested.
The heavy rains have forced the AGFC to close several roads on other
popular duck hunting areas in eastern Arkansas. On Sheffield Nelson
Dagmar WMA, the main road has been closed at the one lane bridge just
north of I-40. The main road could be closed at the headquarters this
week with fast rising water coming down the Cache River, Robe Bayou and
Bayou DeView. The road leading to Teal Pond also will be closed.
On Rex Hancock Black Swamp WMA, the railroad dump road to Gregory
Access has been closed due to high water from the Cache River. The Henry
Gray Hurricane Lake main access road at Mitchell Corner is closed and
will remain closed throughout the remaining waterfowl season. This is
part of the AGFC's water management plan for the WMA. Access to Steve N.
Wilson Raft Creek WMA will be limited to Jones Island Road from
Georgetown. All other access from county roads are under water at that