White River drops from major flood stage to moderate

White River drops from major flood stage to moderate
Despite the White River at Newport reached the major flood stage Thursday morning, it's nowhere close to the record river level set in 1945 when it reached almost 36 feet. (Source: National Weather Service)

NEWPORT, AR (KAIT) - After being considered in the major flood stage on Thursday morning, the White River at Newport remains at the moderate flood stage.

The National Weather Service said at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, the river was at 30.08 feet.

As of 8:00 p.m. Thursday, the river’s level read at 29.87 feet.

The National Weather Service said that the major flood stage could cause serious problems in Jackson and Independence Counties.

Floodwaters in that stage would be across the White River Valley around Newport.

The following roads will be affected at the major flood level:

  • Highway 14
  • Highway 37
  • Highway 69
  • Highway 384

Records show Thursday morning’s reading isn’t the highest level the river has risen.

On April 17, 1945, the river crested at 35.9 feet.

This river directly affects the Village Creek White River Mayberry Levee, which Jackson County officials believe is at risk of failing.

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