Local Officials Ramping-Up Flood Preparations [AUDIO]
UNDATED -- With warmer temperatures in the forecast, local emergency management officials are ramping-up their preparation for the potential flooding.
Benton County Emergency Management Director Jim McDermott says they'll start taking regular measurements of the Mississippi River this week.
McDermott says the river is a gauge of what will happen on Little Rock Lake, since water from the river flows into the lake. He says, as of last week, the river was still 2 1/2 feet below "action stage". But that could change quickly.
Forecasters are predicting an 85% chance that the Mississippi River will go above flood stage.
McDermott says, if you live in an area that's prone to flooding, you should start lining-up your volunteers now, and also order your sand and sandbags.
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