- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A National Weather Service scientist has warned Louisiana officials that the Red River could soon reach its highest level in 25 years.

The river is precariously close to spilling over its banks and will reach the 30-foot flooding threshold soon, hydrologist C.S. Ross told The Shreveport Times (https://bit.ly/1JVk91L).

“The Red River’s high, but it’s not at flood stage,” Ross said. “That’s going to change the first week of June.”

As of Wednesday, the river is 29.2 feet over its bank. Ross predicts the crest will reach 33 feet, the highest the river has been since it had a 34.5-foot crest in 1990.

Bossier Parish engineer Butch Ford said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers started distributing sandbags last week and has been stockpiling them at key locations.

Authorities were planning to meet Wednesday to plan for the imminent flooding.

The flooding will be caused by both recent rain in northwest Louisiana, as well as the rainfall that recently caused deadly flooding in central Texas, Ross said.

A significant amount of the water from Texas will enter the Red River through the Cypress Basin, where there are no reservoirs to help control the river’s intake, Ross said.

Cross Bayou, which meets with the Red River just north of downtown Shreveport, controls all the flow from the Cypress Basin of east Texas.

Ross said he expects flooding to last through June and possibly into July.

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Information from: The Times, https://www.shreveporttimes.com


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