Major flooding expected along the Red in Natchitoches Parish

Flooding not nearly as bad as that in 2015

(KSLA) - Red River once again has overtaken the boat launch and dog park at the eastern end of Stoner Avenue in Shreveport.

However, more severe flooding is expected downstream.

And the threat of 1-3" of rain Tuesday through Thursday morning will aggravate flooding, according to the National Weather Service.

Forecasters at Weather Service's office in Shreveport expect major flooding along Red River at Grand Ecore, moderate flooding at Coushatta and minor flooding at Shreveport and DeKalb, Texas.

Major flooding also is expected along Little River in the Horatio, Ark., area.

There will be moderate flooding along Little River in the Idabel, Okla., area.

Moderate flooding also is expected at Lake Bistineau.

Following are more specifics about the extent and impact of the flooding.

Lake Bistineau: Stood at 142.9 feet at 9 a.m. Sunday. Expected to crest near 144 feet by Wednesday and Thursday then begin falling.  At that level, most camps around the lake begin to flood. Some homes, particularly those not on stilts, also face possible flooding. Preparations for flooding should be rushed to completion, Weather Service forecasters advise.

Red River at DeKalb, Texas: Stood at 24.8 feet at 7 a.m. Sunday. Flood stage is 24.8 feet. It is expected to crest near 25.4 feet Monday morning at Pecan Point then fall below flood stage early Tuesday morning.

Red River at Shreveport: Stood at 28.8 feet at 9 a.m. Sunday. Flood stage is 30 feet. Weather Service forecasters say the river will rise above flood stage by early Monday morning and to near 31 feet by Tuesday evening. It then will fall below flood stage by Thursday afternoon.

At 31 feet, Russell Road will be overflowed and closed between Blanchard Highway and Interstate 220 in north Shreveport. High water will creep up to near the southern end of Clyde Fant Memorial Parkway in Shreveport and Arthur Ray Teague Parkway in Bossier City. There also will be backwater flooding up Cross and Twelve Mile bayous and lower McCain Creek.

Bossier Parish authorities gathered Sunday to discuss any potential flooding. A National Weather Service representative briefed them about Red River and the threat of severe weather Wednesday.

Officials also are keeping an eye on Lake Bistineau, which is expected to rise to 144 feet, and several bayous in the parish.

But they don't anticipate major issues like in 2015.

Red River at Coushatta: Stood at 29.8 feet at 9 a.m. Sunday. Flood stage is 31 feet. It will rise above flood stage by early Monday morning and to near 34 feet by Wednesday morning. The river then will fall below flood stage by Thursday afternoon.

At 34 feet, severe backwater flooding will occur from Red River at Loggy Bayou through the lower Flat River and Red Chute Bayou in southern Bossier Parish. Weather Service forecasters advise that cattle and equipment be moved to higher ground and away from levees.

Red River at Grand Ecore: Stood at 31.3 feet at 9 a.m. Sunday. Flood stage is 33 feet. The river will rise above flood stage by Monday morning and to near 39 feet by Wednesday evening.

At 40 feet, Red River causes major flooding of thousands of acres along Bayou Pierre, the Black and Saline bayous and the Cane River Lake tributaries. Severe backwater flooding spreads upstream along Bayou Pierre through Powhatan and Evelyn. Weather Service forecasters say to also expect backwater flooding along Black and Clear lakes along with the closure of part of Louisiana Highway 1226.

Red Chute Bayou at Dogwood Trail: Rise to near 19 feet and hold steady through at least mid-March. Subject to change due to inflows from Cypress Bayou Black Bayou Lake.

Red Chute Bayou at Sligo: Hold near 28 feet through Monday. Flood stage is 31 feet. The bayou currently is between levee systems.


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