Flash flooding and Red River flooding possible this weekend

Flash flooding and Red River flooding possible this weekend

Heavy rain across the northern ArkLaTex may lead to flash flooding over the next few days.  A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for areas near and north of I-30 through Sunday.

1 to 3 inches of rain has already north of the I-30 corridor and an additional 3-5 inches of rain is expected in this same area over the weekend.

In addition to the flash flood threat, the Red River is also forecast to rise and could reach major flood stage across the far northern ArkLaTex.

As of 2pm Friday the Red River at Pecan Point near DeKalb, TX is at 12.23 feet.  Flood stage is 24 feet.  The river is forecast to rapidly rise over the weekend reaching flood stage by Saturday afternoon.  A crest of 33.5 feet is forecast by Sunday afternoon.  This is only a foot and a half below where the river crested back in June.

Farther downstream the river will rise, but may remain below flood stage.

At Index, AR the river was at 3.79 feet as of 3pm Friday.  The river is forecast to rise to 24.4 feet on Monday, just below flood stage of 25 feet.

At Fulton, AR the river was at 3.01 feet at 3pm Friday.  The river is forecast to rise to 22 feet by Tuesday.  Flood stage is 27 feet.

At Shreveport the river was at 17.76 feet Friday afternoon.  The river is forecast to rise to 26.6 feet on Wednesday and may climb slightly higher beyond then.  Flood stage at Shreveport is 30 feet.

We'll keep you updated on the rising Red and any flash flooding that occurs over the weekend.  If you encounter flooded roads remember the saying "Turn Around, Don't Drown" and find an alternate route to get to your destination.

You can track the rain on your smartphone and get weather alerts for your location with the free KSLA Stormtracker 12 Weather app. You can download it from your smartphone here.

--Jeff

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