Conway Corp flood preparations update
Monday, June 3, 2019
The National Weather Service has reported that the Arkansas River is cresting today at Toad Suck. They are reporting it will remain at or near crest for several days.
The levee positioned between the Arkansas River and Tupelo Bayou Wastewater Treatment Plant remains in good shape and is being monitored by the US Army Corps of Engineers.
Our teams have contingency planning in place to respond if conditions worsen. Operations remain normal at our water and wastewater treatment plants. We will continue to participate in daily briefings with local and state officials. If the situation changes, we will update our communication.
Some useful links:
- The US Army Corps of Engineers has information here.
- National Weather Service has information here.
- The Faulkner County Office of Emergency Services is posting daily updates on their website and Facebook page.
- The City of Conway is posting daily updates on their website and in social media.
Thursday, May 30, 2019
As our customers track the flooding conditions in Arkansas, we wanted to let you know what Conway Corp is doing to prepare for the weeks ahead. The Arkansas River is expected to crest at Toad Suck late Sunday, June 2. The National Weather Service in Little Rock has called for this to be a prolonged flood event which could last more than two weeks.
Conway Corp operations teams are participating in a daily briefing with officials from around the state including the city of Conway, Faulkner County, the Faulkner County Office of Emergency Services, the Army Corps of Engineers and numerous state agencies.
The daily briefings are helping us to know what others are doing to prepare, and they allows us to provide updated information on our preparations and learn of any changing conditions.
Our operations teams have been monitoring and preparing in several areas:
- There is a levee positioned between the Arkansas River and Tupelo Bayou Wastewater Treatment Plant (located on Lollie Rd.). That top levee elevation is 288 ft. above mean sea level (MSL). The river is currently predicted to crest at 285.5 ft. MSL at Toad Suck. The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Faulkner County Levee District continue to monitor the levee. With the current predictions, Conway Corp Engineering and Water Systems departments believe that we are in a good position with the levee and we will continue normal plant operations. In the event of levee failure, our contingency plans will be implemented.
- Based on current calculations, Conway Corp does not believe we will have any water issues at Roger Q Mills Jr. Water Treatment Plant. Our Engineering and Water systems teams have confirmed the elevations of critical infrastructure at the treatment plant are well above the predicted flood levels, the plant will not be impacted by the predicted flood.
- The Electric and Cable Departments are examining critical infrastructure in our service areas which have the potential to be affected. We are working to make sure we are prepared to protect people and equipment that could be impacted by flood waters.
Our teams will continue to participate in the daily briefings and closely monitor the event so we can be prepared if anything should change. If the situation changes, we will update our communication. Regardless, we plan to provide an update on our website and social media on Monday, June 3.
Some useful links:
- The US Army Corps of Engineers has provided information here including a flood prediction map
- National Weather Service has information here
- The Faulkner County Office of Emergency Services is posting updates on their website and Facebook page
- The City of Conway is posting updates on their website and in social media