The U.S. Forest Service asks visitors to use caution and avoid getting in floodwaters on the western side of the Shawnee National Forest.
Sunday afternoon flood waters from the Big Muddy River expanded from the river west to the Big Muddy Levee Road. The Oakwood Bottoms Greentree Reservoir and areas on the west side of the Big Muddy Levee Road have not been affected.
Cautionary signs and road barricade signs have been placed at the junction of Big Muddy Levee Road and Forest Service Road 786, which leads to the boat launch and Turkey Bayou Campground.
The Forest Service says flood waters are expected to continue to rise in the Oakwood Bottoms area and the public is to stay out of the flooded area and refrain from traveling on forest roads that contain flood waters. With rivers rising due to large amounts of recent precipitation, visitors are urged to be aware and safe when traveling to areas that may be affected by high water levels, such as Oakwood Bottoms.
If water is covering a road, visitors should not attempt to cross.