LITTLE ROCK — Several stretches of highway in Arkansas remained closed because of high water Monday, and waters are expected to continue rising this week along the Arkansas River, bringing more flooding.

LITTLE ROCK — Several stretches of highway in Arkansas remained closed because of high water Monday, and waters are expected to continue rising this week along the Arkansas River, bringing more flooding.


The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said that by late Monday afternoon sections of highways were closed in Sebastian, Franklin, Yell, Perry, Arkansas, Little River, Miller and Ouachita counties. An updated list of closures is available at www.idrivearkansas.com.


"Our attention has turned toward the I-30 area (in Southwest Arkansas) right now," said ADHT spokesman Danny Straessle. "We’re waiting to see what it’s going to do there at Fulton, that area. Some of the low-lying areas of the north side of U.S. 67 have started to flood."


As of Monday afternoon, sections of U.S. 71, Arkansas 41 and Arkansas 108 were closed in Little River County. Straessle said over the weekend the department notified law enforcement some motorists were parking on the grass beside U.S. 71 and walking to see the flooding, which he said is dangerous and illegal.


"We recommend that folks keep a safe distance from the water line," he said.


The National Weather Service said there is not much chance, if any, of rain in the forecast this week, but because water from recent heavy rains is continuing to flow into the Arkansas River from multiple bodies of water, more flooding along the river is expected.


Meteorologist Jeff Hood said the river was projected to crest at Dardanelle at 7 a.m. Tuesday with moderate flooding; at Morrilton at 7 p.m. Tuesday with major flooding; at the Toad Suck community in Perry County at 7 p.m. Tuesday with major flooding; at Little Rock at 7 a.m. Wednesday with minor flooding; at Pine Bluff at 7 p.m. Wednesday with major flooding; and at the Pendleton community in Desha County at 7 p.m. Thursday with moderate flooding.


"It’s definitely very helpful that we’re not expecting any more rainfall, but there is just such an abundance of water at the surface that it’s going to take a while to be able to deal with all that water," he said.


In Jefferson County, officials encouraged people in low-lying areas along the Arkansas River to evacuate Monday. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office was taking boats into flooded areas to rescue stranded people and animals.


The Salvation Army and the American Red Cross provided food and water Monday at emergency shelters set up at the Wright-Pastoria Volunteer Fire Department and the Swan Lake Volunteer Fire Department in Jefferson County.


In Pulaski County, organizers of the 12th annual CARTI Tour de Rock 100-mile bicycle ride set for Saturday said the event was moved from the Burns Park Soccer Complex to an area near the River Trail Station between the Junction Bridge and Interstate 30 in North Little Rock because of flooding and safety concerns.


The event is a fundraiser for the nonprofit Central Arkansas Radiation Therapy Institute.