FIRST ALERT: Latest on river levels and weekend forecast

FIRST ALERT: Latest on river levels and weekend forecast
River Levels

The widespread rain and the threat of heavy rain has ended for the ArkLaTex. If anything, the clouds will gradually decrease on Friday.

It’s been a wet to start to 2019. Here’s a look at Live First Alert Doppler’s radar estimated rainfall totals. Since January 1, the heaviest rain feel across portions of NW LA and deep E TX and along the I-30 corridor.

Green: Trace - 0.5″

Blue: 0.5-1.5″

Purple: 1.5-2.5″

Red: 2.5-4″

Rainfall Totals (Since Jan. 1st)
Rainfall Totals (Since Jan. 1st) ((Source: KSLA News 12))

The graphic below shows the official rainfall totals for Shreveport, Texarkana, De Queen, AR, Longview, TX and Monroe, LA.

Rainfall Totals (Since Jan. 1st)
Rainfall Totals (Since Jan. 1st) ((Source: KSLA News 12))

Even though widespread rainfall totals were only between 1-3″ plus, it still caused localized flooding in low-lying and poor drainage areas as well as minor flooding along and near some bayous, rivers and lakes. Many streams, bayous, rivers and lakes were already swollen from the wet end to 2018. Plus, the ground was saturated, so it could not absorb the rainfall. Since September 1, Shreveport has officially recorded 39.34″ of rain. That is over 20 inches above average. The average rainfall from September 1 until now is 17.8″.

Rainfall Since September 1
Rainfall Since September 1 ((Source: KSLA News 12))

Despite the rain moving out, river levels will continue to rise this weekend.

The Red River at Shreveport is not expected to reach its flood stage of 30.0′. However, it will remain above its action stage 26.0′. At 27.0′ Several hundred acres inundate in the C. Bickham Dixon park area. Flooding closes the Hamels Memorial Park upstream from Jimmie Davis Bridge.

River Levels
River Levels (Source: KSLA News 12)

The Red River at Grand Ecore is forecast to crest at 34.1′ this weekend and stay above minor flood stage through the middle of next week. At 33′, minor flooding of lowlands in the Red River floodplain between levees will take place.

Red River at Grand Ecore
Red River at Grand Ecore (Source: National Weather Service)

A Flood Warning has been issued for the Red River near De Kalb, TX. At 10AM, the stage was at 20.4′ and is expected to rise above flood stage Saturday evening and crest near 24.5′ Sunday evening. The river will fall below flood stage on Monday.

Red River Near DeKalb
Red River Near DeKalb (Source: National Weather Service)

The Sabine River near Beckville is forecast to crest at 28.2′ this weekend and stay above minor flood stage through the middle of next week. At 28′, considerable lowland flooding on the reach of the Sabine River from the Tatum through Beckville and DeBerry areas will occur.

Sabine River near Beckville
Sabine River near Beckville (Source: National Weather Service)

The Sabine River near Logansport is forecast to crest at 30.4′ this weekend and stay above minor flood stage through the middle of next week. At 29′, expect minor lowland flooding of the boat ramp on the Texas side and lowland flooding into Logansport, LA public park.

Sabine River near Logansport
Sabine River near Logansport (Source: National Weather Service)

Bayou Dorcheat at Springhill, Dixie Inn and Lake Bistineau will continue to rise this weekend and stay above minor flood stage through the middle of next week.

Bayou Levels
Bayou Levels (Source: National Weather Service)

Big Cyrpress Creek at Mooringsport is forecast to continue to rise and crest at 173′ this weekend. At 173′, several secondary access roads will become flooded and travel will be difficult, especially in and around Uncertain, Texas.

Big Cyrpress Creek at Mooringsport (Caddo Lake)
Big Cyrpress Creek at Mooringsport (Caddo Lake) (Source: National Weather Service)

The Sulphur River near Talco is forecast to continue to rise and crest at 25′ this weekend. At 25′, moderate flooding of lowland areas will occur. Some secondary roadways could be closed.

Sulphur River Near Talco
Sulphur River Near Talco (Source: National Weather Service)

A Flood Warning has been issued for Cypress Bayou at Wallace Lake near Shreveport. Minor flooding is occurring and moderate flooding is forecast. The lake will continue to rise near 154.0′ on Saturday. Flooding of access roads around the lake is possible. Flood pool stage is 154′.

Luckily, we’re going to get a chance to dry things out this weekend. Saturday and Sunday are looking SUNsational and mild. It’s going to be warm for this time of year.

Weekend Forecast
Weekend Forecast (Source: National Weather Service)

More rain is in the forecast next week. Scattered showers will be possible on Monday and more wet weather will be possible by the end of the work week. Luckily, it does not look like either rain event will pose a threat of widespread heavy rainfall and should not have a big impact on our current flooding situation.

Rain Chances
Rain Chances ((Source: KSLA News 12))

The latest run of FutureTrack shows most places will only pick up between 1-2″ of rain over the next week.

Rainfall Totals
Rainfall Totals ((Source: KSLA News 12))

The KSLA First Alert Weather Team will continue to monitor these river levels. Here are a few ways you can keep up with the latest forecast:

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