State Officials Keeping A Watchful Eye On River Levels
Through the middle of October it seems residents of Louisiana could not buy a drop of rain. Since then we've gotten our share and more. In fact our neighbors to the north have picked up copious amounts of rainfall over the last few weeks and that has state officials keeping a watchful eye on river levels across the state.
In particular the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness are watching the flood stages of the Red River and the Mississippi River.
We're going to get into some areas that are going to be close to flood stage over the next several weeks.
That's what Kevin Davis Executive Director for GOHSEP told the Louisiana Radio Network. His office along with the Army Corps of Engineers and the National Weather Service are coordinating their efforts to keep those with interest along those rivers advised of any changing conditions.
In Shreveport the Red River is expected to crest at 31 feet. That would put the river one foot above flood stage in that city. Further down river in Alexandria the Red River is expected to be higher than normal but current forecasts keep the crest below flood stage.
The Mississippi River is a different story.
It looks like some of the stages on the Mississippi River are going to happen, maybe, as early as January 11th in the New Orleans area.
Current projections have a forecast crest at Vicksburg MS, Natchez MS, and Baton Rouge LA anywhere from 9 feet to 12 feet above flood stage during the first two weeks of January.
Right now there appears to be no imminent danger from rising water but officials are working closely with parish leaders along the river banks to make sure there is a plan of action ready to go should the need arise.