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Rising Red Round Two: Shreveport Near Crest

NWS-Shreveport lowered the expected flood crests Monday morning for Shreveport-Bossier to points south in Coushatta and Grand Ecore. (Source: National Weather Service - Shreveport) NWS-Shreveport lowered the expected flood crests Monday morning for Shreveport-Bossier to points south in Coushatta and Grand Ecore. (Source: National Weather Service - Shreveport)
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The latest forecasts from the National Weather Service in Shreveport indicate the water levels in the second round of flooding expected this week will not be as high as previously expected.

NWS-Shreveport lowered the expected flood crests Monday morning for Shreveport-Bossier to points south in Coushatta and Grand Ecore.

The original crest forecast for the Red River at Shreveport-Bossier was 32.5 feet. It was lowered to a forecast crest of 31 feet which occurred overnight into this morning, It is expected to drop slowly the rest of the week, falling to below flood stage of 30 feet by Friday.

A second crest of the Red River was expected after heavy rain from Tropical Depression Bill dropped as much as 14 inches of rain across parts of the Red River basin in Texas and Oklahoma in mid-June.  The river has crested across the northern portions of the ArkLaTex and is steadily falling in those areas.

The river did not get nearly as high as the first crest during the first half of June with this second crest running 3-5+ feet lower than what we saw previously.  Flood conditions, though, are still expected before the river begins to recede downstream from Shreveport by the weekend.

Here are the latest observations and forecasts as of mid-morning Wednesday:

Red River near De Kalb, TX at Pecan Point:

According to the National Weather Service, the Red River near De Kalb at Pecan Point first crested near 35 feet on Tuesday June 2nd.  After falling back below flood stage (24 feet) briefly, the river began rising again and saw a second crest of 32.44 feet on Wednesday June 24th.  The river remains above flood stage with the latest level at 26.67 feet.  The river will continue to steadily fall and could be back below flood stage heading into the weekend.

Red River at Index, AR:

The Red River at the Index Bridge along Hwy 71 north of Texarkana first crested at 31.62 feet Wednesday June 3rd. After falling through mid-June the river here climbed back above flood stage (25 feet) last week. After cresting a second time at 26.54 feet the river has been steadily falling. The latest measurement is at 20.56 feet and is forecast to continue dropping.

Red River at Fulton, AR:

At 20.47 feet, the Red River at Fulton, AR is well below its flood stage of 27 feet. The river here never flooded a second time with a maximum level of 25.06 feet over the weekend. It previously crested at 32.12 feet the night of Thursday June 4th, just shy of major flood stage. 

Red River at Shreveport/Bossier City, LA:

At Shreveport/Bossier City, the river is still above flood stage (30 feet), but is now falling.  The river crested lat night into this morning at only 31.05 feet this time. The current level is 30.85 feet.  The river continues falling slowly and it could be back below flood stage by the end of the week.  The river previously crested just above 37 feet around June 10th.

Red River at Coushatta, LA:

The Red River at Coushatta previously crested just over 38 feet in mid-June. Currently, it is at 32.21 feet.  The river reached flood stage (31 feet) on Sunday.  The river may continue rising approaching 33 feet on Wednesday, before starting to fall as the week ends.

Red River at Grand Ecore, LA:

The Red River at Grand Ecore in Natchitoches Parish crested June 13th, reaching just over 42 feet. The river is rising again, and is now at 35.04 feet and remains above flood stage (33 feet).  The river is expected to continue rising with a crest around 36 feet by Thursday or Friday.

Farmers and those who live near the Red River need to keep aware of these levels with the expected rise in the Red River and its tributaries.

It may not be until August before the river levels fall back to what is considered normal.

We will continue to bring you the latest levels of the Red River as long as conditions warrant. A Flood Warning will likely continue for many communities surrounding the Red River for the foreseeable future.

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