Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission Issues Flood Warning For Illinois River

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TAHLEQUAH (KOTV) — The Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission is warning that Illinois River water levels will rise to moderate flood stage on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

“The National Weather Service is forecasting 3 to 5 inches of precipitation over the course of the next three-day period,” said Ed Fite in a news bulletin.

“There is a probability for greater amounts should the developing storm deviate to the west from the present forecast tract that has it moving through southwest Arkansas into northwest Arkansas.”

The Illinois is expected to rise to a flood level between 16 and 17 feet on Wednesday at the Watts Gaging Station and 15 to 16 feet on Thursday at Tahlequah Gaging Station.

Fite recommends moving livestock and any valuables to high and safe ground in advance of possible flooding.