The Latest on severe flooding in Oklahoma and Arkansas (all times local):
Arkansas officials have reopened two bridges over the swollen Arkansas River after the rising water didn’t reach anticipated levels, but they warn that flooding threats remain.
The Arkansas Department of Transportation on Monday closed the bridges in Fort Smith along Interstate 540 and the U.S. 71B. Both bridges reopened around noon Tuesday, but officials noted both could be closed again if flooding conditions change.
Arkansas Transportation Department spokesman Danny Straessle says the bridges carry a combined 71,000 vehicles per day.
Widespread flooding is occurring in the area along the Arkansas-Oklahoma border. The river is expected to crest Wednesday in Van Buren, Arkansas, at more than 4 feet (1.2 meters) above its historic crest, which had occurred in 1945.
State highway officials have closed two bridges over the Arkansas River in Fort Smith as the waterway surges toward a record crest this week.
The Arkansas Department of Transportation says the Interstate 540 and the U.S. 71B bridges were shut down Monday night because of flooding concerns, though the department says both structures remain sound.
Widespread flooding is occurring in the Tulsa area, where severe thunderstorms are also possible Tuesday. In western Arkansas, the river is expected to crest Wednesday in Van Buren at 42.5 feet (13 meters) — or more than 4 feet (1.2 meters) above its historic crest, which had occurred in 1945.
Forecasters say up to 4 inches of rain is possible this week in the waterlogged areas.