Heavy and continuing rains over the past week have caused major flooding at Buffalo National River. The flood has taken a toll on buildings, roads, campgrounds and landings, causing numerous closures during the park’s busy float season. Rainfall totals of up to a foot were recorded at various places in the watershed over a three day period, resulting in drastically fluctuating and unpredictable flood levels. The Buffalo River was as high as 37 feet in the park and there were many areas of flash flooding. The three counties in which the park is located are included in Governor Mike Beebe’s disaster area declaration, which includes 57 Arkansas counties. It has been forwarded to President Obama for consideration for a possible federal disaster declaration. The Midwest Incident Management Team is on site to assist the park in managing the damage assessment process for repairing and reopening various visitor use areas as safely and timely as possible.