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The Latest: Caddo high-water rescues, flood damage mitigation

Cross Lake is already above flood stage, and has also already hit numbers higher than what we saw during 2015's major flooding along the Red River, according to data from the US Geological Survey. Cross Lake is already above flood stage, and has also already hit numbers higher than what we saw during 2015's major flooding along the Red River, according to data from the US Geological Survey.
Caddo Parish sheriff's deputies use an airboat to get around flooded roadways. (Source: Danny McInnis/Twitter) Caddo Parish sheriff's deputies use an airboat to get around flooded roadways. (Source: Danny McInnis/Twitter)
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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Caddo officials held a briefing today about ongoing rescue and relief efforts in response to flooding throughout the parish. The area remains under a flash flood watch until 6 p.m. Friday.

High water also continues to force widespread road closures including Lakeshore Drive, where Cross Lake came over the roadway Wednesday night. I-49 was closed Thursday morning in both directions at La 526 (Bert Kouns) in Caddo Parish to La 3276 in DeSoto Parish. 

Cross Lake is already above flood stage, and has also already hit numbers higher than what we saw during 2015's major flooding along the Red River, according to data from the US Geological Survey.

No more than 3 additional inches of rain are expected through Sunday, said Bill Parker, of the National Weather Service office in Shreveport.

"The totals that we are expecting tonight from this morning until tomorrow morning are 1 to 2 inches," he said. "I wouldn't be surprised if we see a 3-inch total. Even when the rain stops, there will be some runoff. We'll still have some water across roads."

See the latest rain totals here.

  • Caddo Lake was at 175.5 feet and expected to rise to 178 by Sunday, putting it at a major flood stage. 
  • Red River, which at last report was at 25.86 feet, is forecast to rise to 30 feet by Sunday. 
  • Cross Lake was at 176.5 and should rise to 177.5 tonight before dropping off. 
  • Wallace Lake was at 159 feet, Parker said, but water was going over the spillway and should start slowly falling.
  • The Caddo sheriff's office has evacuated and transported 59 people and has been moving livestock, as well. 

Deputies once again worked through the night along with with the Louisiana National Guard, conducting high water rescues and evacuations as flood waters continued to rise in the parish and across Northwest Louisiana. 

"We've got transport vans staged at north and south for anybody that needs transportation," Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator said. "We've evacuated West Lakeshore, and we're watching Mallard Bay very closely. We're doing door-to-door checks. We have 5 boats out working constantly."

The sheriff also said for residents to:

  • Report all damages to report damages@caddosheriff.org.
  • Check the city of Shreveport's or Caddo sheriff's Facebook pages and websites for road closures and other information.
  • "We're looking to open a shelter up north. We'll have some availability there until they can be transported to the Red Cross."

Shreveport Mayor Ollie Tyler noted, among other things, that her city's sandbag operations continue around the clock. "They do not stop at 3 p.m. I understand there's been some confusion about it. You can still go get sandbags out at 3825 Old Mansfield Road."

Other points made by the mayor:

  • City crews continue to inspect drainage concerns and known flood-prone areas.
  • Shreveport police have responded to more than 1,000 calls, about 300 of which the city has classified as weather-related. Fire Department personnel have answered about 70 calls.
  • SporTran is following its regular bus schedule.
  • The city's water operations are functioning. "We are having some difficulty with flooding around some of those areas," Tyler said, "but we continue to provide good, safe water for everybody."

Caddo Commission President Matthew Linn noted that parish crews also still are making sandbags available on Monty Street.

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