Red River flooding: Highest level in 70 years
Friday, June 12, 2015, 11:20 - The Red River has reached its highest levels in 70 years, leaving hundreds of homes under water in Louisiana. Governor Bobby Jindal has issued a state of emergency in Louisiana as a result of the severe weather and flooding throughout the state.
Storms are no longer swamping Texas and Louisiana, but flooding is far from over in some areas. Louisiana's Red River is still swollen from all the water that has flowed into it.
Officials say more than half a million sandbags have been used in Bossier City as residents try to build a wall around their home desperately trying to keep the water out.
The Red River is at major flood stage in Shreveport. The river hit 37 feet Monday and has remained roughly at that level.
At noon Tuesday, the river stage gauge at the Illinois Central Railroad Bridge read 37.08 feet. That's the highest the river has been since April of 1945, when it hit 38.3 feet.
Red River flooding slowly receding---view from Pro Bass in Bossier City, Louisiana pic.twitter.com/FEe0Kwt6ur— Joe Rowe (@JOEROWE409) June 10, 2015
Governor Bobby Jindal has already authorized the National Guard to help parishes by monitoring levees along the Red River and moving sandbags.
Louisiana senator David Vitter says FEMA will be in northwest Louisiana doing damage assessments Wednesday throughout the rest of the week.
While rain is expected this weekend, officials think that it will have little effect in the area. Their main fear is now that hurricane season has officially started, a tropical system forming in the Gulf and deluging the area in water.
Click below to watch: Residents grapple with flooding along Lake Bistineau
Source: CNN | USGS