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Calcasieu River reaches flood stages in Oberlin, Meteorologists monitoring all Acadiana waterways

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Oberlin, LA -

As of Tuesday afternoon, much of Louisiana remained under a state of emergency. 

Governor Edwards made the declaration because of potential flooding, with crews ready to hand out more than 100,000 sandbags.

Here in Acadiana the Calcasieu River near Oberlin is reaching major flood levels, as other waterways continue to rise. Meteorologists urge Acadiana residents to keep an eye on the forecast in the coming weeks.

"The immediate concern right now is with the Calcasieu River. The water has been rising in the Glenmora area, which is up in Rapides Parish, and that water is just slowly making its way down the river," said Roger Erickson, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Lake Charles.

The water is making its way down through Oberlin where the water is already high, but Erickson said most of this area should stay safe and dry for now.

"The factor that we're really focusing on right now isn't so much the water on the Calcasieu, because that's really going to be not as big of an impact as we're expecting to see along the Atchafalaya," said Erickson.

Erickson said Acadiana waterways rise every spring because of flooding in the north, but this year's levels are already looking higher than normal.

"If we get a lot more rain up in Arkansas, Tennessee then that just means that the forecast is going to be going up," said Erickson.

By mid-March, excess water from the Mississippi River could potentially threaten Acadiana with the chance of flooding, but Erickson said it's still too early to tell.

 "The Atchafalaya's got the potential to be as big of a flood as we saw two years ago. We're not advertising that it's going to be as bad. It just has the potential to be as bad as what we saw in 2016," said Erickson.

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