CADDO PARISH, LA (KSLA) - Caddo Parish officials are keeping a close eye on potential flooding as heavy rain falls.
The Caddo Levee Board says pumps and control structures are being continuously monitored. GOHSEP (Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness) is urging everyone to monitor potentially heavy rainfall impacting much of the state this week. Several inches of rain could fall in some areas between now and Friday.
Deputy Tony LeBlanc of Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness says they’ve been getting daily reports from the National Weather Service about the Red River, Caddo Lake, Cross Lake and Wallace Lake.
“In return, we turn around and send it out to our government entities, parish and city, government leaders so they can be ahead of the game in case something was to occur," said LeBlanc.
According to the National Weather Service, The Red River will rise to 28.5 feet Friday, below flood stage of 30 feet.
Minor flooding is occurring along the Shreveport Dog Park, Riverview Park and C. Bickham Dickson Park in Shreveport.
The Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office is also reminding farmers and ranchers along the river to monitor livestock so they don’t get trapped in high water.
Caddo Lake will rise to just under flood stage of 172 feet with some minor flooding possible. Cross Lake is measuring at just over 171 feet. Flood stage is 173 feet. Flooding is already happening on Wallace Lake at 151 feet. It is expected to rise to near 156 feet by Saturday.
The Caddo Levee Board says the Wallace Lake area is the main area of concern for flooding.
“From Linwood all the way going west toward Texas in the Keithville area, all the roads in the parish south of Flournoy Lucas will start going underwater," said Caddo Levee District Executive Director Ali Mustapha.
Mustapha anticipates some roads in the Wallace Lake area may become impassible and encourages residents in that area to sandbag homes and watch for warnings from homeland security.
Check your local forecast and be aware of any weather alerts. If flash flooding becomes a problem, use caution when traveling and never drive through flooded areas.