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Flooding forces emergency closure of Big Island road

Date04/12/2011
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LITTLE ROCK - Due to rising water levels on the Lower White and Mississippi rivers, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has been forced to close a road leading to Big Island.

The access road through the Trusten Holder Wildlife Management Area (Arkansas County only) through to the Big Island area south of the WMA may have to remain closed through a portion of the upcoming turkey season. Projected river stages on the Mississippi River predict a slow rise upstream of the Trusten Holder and Big Island areas. Little change in river levels is expected for the Arkansas City gauge on the Mississippi River.

AGFC regional biologist Mark Hooks said closing the road is never an easy or popular decision. “We know this is especially a difficult time to close the road since it’s just before turkey season, but this is a safety issue and if we are going to err, everyone agrees that we should err on the side of safety,” Hooks said.

Both river levels and road conditions on the Trusten Holder WMA will be monitored closely and the road will be opened as soon as conditions allow.