MUSKOGEE -- Rain across green Country is continuing make the water levels rise, and in Muskogee it is already starting to come up on land.
Just feet away from Ronnie Beaver's home sits the Arkansas River.
And right now, the river is rising fast as rain continues to pound the area.
“If the corps told me it was going to flood, I wouldn't hesitate to get out… start packing."
The river is currently flowing at an average of 120,000 cubic feet per second and is nine feet above its normal water level.
"It's dangerous,” Lewis McLemore, Port of Muskogee manager, said. “You can get into a lot of trouble quickly."
Rain up north that slammed the area caused multiple gallons of water to rush downstream and water to rise rapidly.
"When you have this much water and it's still raining north of here that's a bit of concern,” McLemore said. “The river could rise significantly.”
And while water levels continue to rise, memories of the flood of 1986 come back.
"I got about halfway down that road and water was over the road. And I looked out into that field and it was all water."
That flood nearly 30 years ago forced everyone out of his neighborhood and caused great damage to homes. And as potential flooding could bring damage to his home once again, Beaver says he's vying to stay put… unless the corps tells him otherwise.
Officials say the river is not technically at the flooding stage yet, but it could be within days. If the water continues to rise, they do recommend that everyone in the area leave their homes.
Boaters are also warned to stay off the river while water levels continue to rise.
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