Ozark Butterball Plant Closed Due To High Water, Plant Not Impacted By Flooding

OZARK (KFSM) -- The Butterball plant in Ozark will be closed Thursday (May 30) and Friday (May 31) because of high water, but the plant itself hasn't been impacted by the historic flooding affecting the River Valley.

A company spokeswoman said officials are "evaluating conditions day-by-day and making the call to close or open the plant with the safety of plant employees traveling to and from work top of mind."

The plant, which employees 600, was closed last Friday and Tuesday through today.

The Arkansas River crested at just under 40 feet Wednesday, passing the all-time highest level of 38.1 feet set in May 1945.

The river will crest again around midnight Thursday into Friday at 40.5 feet, according to new National Weather Service projections.  This total includes rainfall expected in the next 18 hours.

Rain will continue to end this morning from west to east with a nice afternoon expected. Next rain chances arrive this weekend into this week.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.