Free Sandbags, Meals For River Valley Residents Impacted By Historic Arkansas River Flooding

FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFSM) — Emergency management crews and The Salvation Army are offering resources for River Valley residents bracing for historic rising waters on the Arkansas River over the following days.

A limited number of bags have been pre-made, but shovels are available for you to fill bags you may need.

There are three sandbag sites now available to City of Fort Smith and Sebastian County residents to help them prepare for historic Arkansas River flooding headed our way:

· 8th St. & Garrison Ave. Fort Smith, Ar. 72901– Just opened in the downtown parking lot near the Convention Center. This is the newest sandbag site.
· 3900 Kelley Hwy. Fort Smith, Ar. 727904 – The sand pile behind the Street Dept. facility at 3900 Kelley Hwy is accessible from a road off Albert Pike. This site tends to get busy.
· 7020 Taylor Ave. Fort Smith, Ar. 72916 – This county site in the Chaffee Crossing area is available.

For Van Buren residents the Crawford County Department of Emergency Management has sand available in their parking lot located at 1820 Chestnut in Van Buren. You will have to fill your own sandbags and are asked to leave the shovel provided at the parking lot.

Beware that someone in Van Buren is selling sandbags they received for free from the Crawford County Department of Emergency Management (CCDEM). If you are in need of sandbags, CCDEM is providing them at no cost.

The Salvation Army is preparing to distribute needed items and serve meals to those impacted by flooding. If you would like to volunteer to hand out needed materials you are asked to call 479-285-0815.

The water level on the Arkansas River is projected to hit at least 41 feet by Sunday, May 26. The National Weather Service says this flood will be life-threatening.

Fort Smith Police say residents can download the Fort Smith Police Department mobile app as a way to keep up with the latest information.

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