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Rivers on the rise in Louisiana

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After a couple of weeks of heavy rains from the Southern Plains to the Midwest, rivers continue to rise to moderate to major flooding levels in these regions, with water heading into Louisiana down the Red and Mississippi Rivers.

Meanwhile, closer to home, after recent heavy rainfall across the Western and Central Part of of the state, the Calcasieu will approach moderate to major flood stage while the Sabine River continues to rise to moderate flood levels.

The Sabine River Authority has opened 11 spillway gates by one foot each as the Toledo Bend Reservoir continues to slowly rise...it remains unclear if additional release rates will be forthcoming, but with more rains across the Arklatex through midweek, more water will likely be heading into the Sabine River Basin. 

There will also be a sizable bump coming down the Mississippi River into Louisiana well into the second week of March, with levels possibly rising beyond the current March 11th forecast.

The forecast for the Mississippi at the Red River Landing reveals similar levels to  recent crests over last couple of year of 57.73 ft on May 27, 2017 and and 55.80 ft on March 21, 2016. The numbers may change, as more rain in the basin in the coming weeks could make it for more problematic issues down the road.

And whatever comes down the Red and Mississippi Rivers, a significant portion heads into the Atchafalaya River...while there are no forecasts for crest levels or dates for the Atchafalaya, levels will likely continue to rise to possible "minor" flood stages at Butte La Rose well into March...stay tuned.

For the latest stage of all local rivers, check with the latest from Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center here

The most threatening conditions locally may be the Calcasieu River near Glenmora in Rapides Parish and Oakdale in Allen Parish, where the river is expected to go into major flood stage by March 3rd.

Per the National Weather Service, when the river near Oakdale rises to 17 feet (current peak is expected to be at least 16.9 feet)  approximately 50 homes flood.

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