Heavy rain and storms trained through the ArkLaTex beginning on Tuesday, forcing thousands to evacuate their homes. Flash flooding not only displaced homeowners, but it also took out bridges and roadways. This lead to many drivers taking the risk and ultimately stranding or stalling cars. Two people lost their lives when their cars were picked up and taken away by swift moving water.
As of Thursday afternoon, the rain has temporarily ended in many parts of the region, but flash flood warnings are in effect through at least Thursday evening with the chance of being extended.
The heavy rain is a result of an upper level low pressure system situated over Western Mexico. This system has allowed rain and storms to energize over the region, along with the help of a plentiful supply of gulf moisture. More rain will be possible through Sunday, but it should become more scattered, and we are hoping the worst is behind us now.
Although staggering, as of Thursday afternoon, rainfall totals in Shreveport have not broken the all time record rainfall total over a 24, or even a 36 hour period. That record was set back in 1933 when 12.44" of rain fell between July 24-25. 19.08" fell between July 23-25, 1933. Current totals for Shreveport from Tuesday through Thursday is at 11.18".
Barksdale Air force Base on the other hand looks to have broken a record. The current rainfall total over 48 hours is at 17.82". That blows the rainfall monthly record for March of 11.99" set back in March 1945.
Natchitoches also looks to have broken a few records, with rainfall totals over 12" as of 8 a.m. on Thursday.
Many areas across the region, and especially northwest Louisiana look to have received well over 12" of rain with more on the way.
We'll continue to bring you updates on rainfall totals throughout the next few days.
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