A flood warning continues until Sunday morning for parts of the Illinois River affecting Adair, Cherokee and Delaware Counties, according to the National Weather Service.
The runoff from Thursday evening’s rainfall will push water levels to minor flood stage at Watts, Chewey and Tahlequah gages.
The Grand River Dam Authority submitted updated river levels Friday afternoon.
Under these conditions, the extreme turbulence makes the Illinois River too hazardous for floating.
The Illinois River near Watts at the US-59 Bridge in Adair County was at 16.51 feet at 1:30 p.m. Friday. The flood stage is 13.0 feet. It may crest at 17.6 feet Friday evening. That is 3 feet more than forecasted Friday morning. At 17.0 feet, moderate flooding occurs from the Arkansas border to Fidler`s Bend. Farmlands and permanent campgrounds are affected. A few cabins in the Fidler`s Bend area may have minor
Flooding. The river will fall below flood stage Saturday before dawn.
At 1:15 p.m. Friday, the stage near Chewey at the Hampton Bridge in Adair County was 9.69 feet. The flood stage there is 12.0 feet. It is forecasted that the Illinois River at Chewey is expected to rise above flood stage Friday evening and crest at 13.6 feet by late Friday night.
At 13.0 feet, minor flooding occurs from near Fidler`s Bend to near Hanging Rock. Water begins to affect access to Winset Hollow. Road access near the river to residential homes southeast of Chewey Bridge may be compromised. Water impacts 630 Road east of the Cherokee/Adair County line. The river at Chewey is expected to fall below flood stage late Saturday morning.
At 1:30 p.m. Friday, the Illinois River near Tahlequah at the US-62 Bridge in Cherokee County was at 8.76 feet. The flood stage is 11.0 feet, and moderate flooding is forecasted.
It is expected to rise above flood stage Friday night and continue to crest near 14.3 feet by early Saturday afternoon. At 14.0 feet, moderate flooding occurs from Hanging Rock downstream towards Tahlequah. Access roads east of the Combs Bridge near Eagles Bluff will be impassable. The river is expected to fall below flood stage Sunday morning.