A detached river dock was recovered by tow boats Tuesday on the Arkansas River near Van Buren.
Workers at Arkhola Sand and Gravel Co. noticed the loose dock floating on the river and called the U.S. Coast Guard, according to a U.S. Corps of Engineers spokesperson.
Laurie Driver with Corps of Engineers Little Rock Division said the dock was initially reported as a loose barge. It is unknown where the dock originated upstream on the river, she added. The dock measures about 30-by-30 feet.
JanTran tow boats Concordia and David Work secured and towed the dock to the Port of Van Buren, where it was secured.
Both the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office and the Fort Smith Police Department coordinated efforts with the Coast Guard.
A small craft advisory was issued Tuesday by the Corps because of recent rains causing the flow to rise. Boaters are reminded to wear life jackets while on the river.
Small craft advisories are issued when flows exceed 70,000 cubic feet per second. Flows at Trimble Lock and Dam near Fort Smith are about 140,000 cfs and will increase downstream of Fort Smith along the Arkansas River exceeding 70,000 cfs this week.
More rain could push flows higher or cause the advisory to remain in effect longer. Daily river information can be obtained at www.swl-wc.usace.army.mil or the Corps’ mobile App, which can be found in mobile App stores by searching for USACE Little Rock.