Clarissa Bustamante Biography, Age, Education, Fort smith

Clarissa Bustamante Biography

Clarissa Bustamante is an American Journalist who joined the KNWA/Fox 24 team in August 2018. She was born and raised in Arlington, Texas but has spent the last 4 years here in Northwest Arkansas.

Clarissa Bustamante Age

Bustamante’s age information will be updated soon.

Clarissa Bustamante Education

She graduated from the School of Journalism and Strategic Media at the University of Arkansas and earned a degree in Broadcast Journalism.

In college, she served as the Assistant News Director for the University of Arkansas Television as well as produced and hosted her own entertainment show.

Clarissa Bustamante Fort Smith

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced it believes the Arkansas River has crested and will begin to recede. But, things could change with more rain in the forecast. Something to keep in mind is that three major rivers in Oklahoma and Kansas flow into the Arkansas River.

Col. Bob Dixon tells KNWA the reservoir structures in place there are holding back as much water as they can, but they are making releases into our river. He says these releases are calculated, and necessary to not risk those large structures breaking.

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In Sebastian County, he reports there are no major concerns of the levees having problems holding water. But, he says people need to continue to be vigilant.

“Just because the river starts coming down and the lower areas start to drain off, this event is not over. People need to pay attention to what happens after the cleanup. It’s not just the houses but these levees that need to be revitalized,” Col. Dixon said.

With one flood-related death confirmed Tuesday, local officials are emphasizing how vital it is to stay safe, and not drive past barricades.

Clarissa Bustamante Arkansas River Flooding

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As the Arkansas River continues to rise, emergency management teams and government leaders discuss how to help flood victims.

There were two press conferences in Fort Smith Tuesday, which will become the way information is given to the public until the flooding stops.

Those who led those press conferences took the time to clear up some misconceptions about what’s happening in the flooded city.

The Department of Transportation said the city is not under a boil order and all water is safe to drink and use. The Arkansas Corp. of Engineers predicts the Arkansas River will crest at 41 ft. Wednesday in the River Valley.

This is expected to impact 300-500 homes in Sebastian County. That’s according to Melody Daniel of the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management.

At the press conference, officials also announced three different search and rescue teams have been brought in. But Daniel said to save lives, it’s important to control what you can.

“This is not the time to go float the river, this is not the time to be out and about swimming. This is the time to be taking precautions and do whatever you can to save lives. We can always replace property, we can not replace a life,” she said.

Daniel adds that with the expected rainfall, the 41 ft. crest could change, so it’s important to continue to stay alert.

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