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Thursday, June 4, 2015

June 4, 2015 Red River Flooding

Yesterday I had to do a post on the Red River and it being at flood stage at 30 feet. Today it was 34.23 ft at 2:00 pm.
Here's NOAA diagram of the area and the link to it.   Since its changing all the time I've included the image I'm been looking at.
Red River at Shreveport

And some more of the information associated with it.

Upstream Gauge - at Sprinbank Ferry Upstream Gauge
Downstream Gauge Downstream Gauge - at Coushatta
Flood Categories (in feet)

Major Flood Stage: 33
Moderate Flood Stage: 31.5
Flood Stage: 30
Action Stage: 26

Historic Crests
(1) 45.90 ft on 08/10/1849
(2) 45.70 ft on 05/28/1892
(3) 45.10 ft on 06/15/1908
(4) 44.70 ft on 02/08/1890
(5) 44.40 ft on 04/02/1894
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 29.45 ft on 11/01/2009
(2) 29.40 ft on 03/15/2001
(3) 29.80 ft on 03/05/2001
(4) 29.30 ft on 02/20/2001
(5) 27.50 ft on 11/29/1996
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 0.20 ft on 11/08/1939
(2) 1.12 ft on 01/17/1940
(3) 1.70 ft on 09/13/1936
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Flood Impacts & Photos
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50 Disastrous flooding of Bossier City and Shreveport area. Water will overtop the levee on the Bossier City side. Also expect disastrous backwater flooding of Cross and Caddo lakes with their pool stages rising to near 180.0 ft msl. Disastrous backwater flooding will affect Caddo Lake and the Big Cypress Bayou to near Karnack, Texas.
39.5 Severe flooding will take place in parts of downtown Shreveport in the riverfront area. Area casinos are in danger of being flooded. Severe backwater flooding will worsen on Cross and Caddo lakes and will result in their pool stages rising to near 171.0 feet. Also parts of the levee between downtown Shreveport and the Jimmie Davis bridge will be topped without sandbagging efforts.
38 Water will overflow the flood wall at the Jimmie Davis bridge next to the Fant Parkway and flood several establishments both north and south of East 70th Street in Shreveport on the riverside of the levee system.
37.5 Flooding will close the the Shreveport and Blanchard, Interstate 220 approach to Blanchard Highway to both the exit and entrance. Severe backwater flooding of Cross and Twelve Mile Bayous with backwater flooding into Caddo Lake.
36.5 Clyde Fant Parkway is flooded and closed as well as the Teague Parkway in Bossier City. Extensive backwater flooding of Cross and Twelve Mile bayous will take place. Backwater flooding will take place all the way to the concrete sill at the Cross Lake dam. Backwater flooding will approach the pool height of Caddo Lake Dam near Mooringsport, Louisiana.
36 Water rises to within one and one half feet of Interstate 220 eastbound of the Red River bridge at the low point in the levee system.
34 Old Blanchard Highway just north of the Cross Lake spillway is flooded and closed. Extensive backwater flooding of Cross Bayou and Twelve Mile Bayou begins.
33.5 Portions of Wells Island Road in north Shreveport is flooded and closed. Highway 3349 is flooded and closed that branches off the Wells Island Road.
33 Martin Luther King Drive at McCain Creek in north Shreveport flooded and closed.
32.5 The area south of Interstate 20 and Traffic street exit and also near Hamilton Road area in Bossier City floods. Also the south part of Martin Luther King drive in north Shreveport is flooded and closed.
31 Russel Road will be overflowed and closed between Blanchard highway and Interstate 220 in north Shreveport. Also expect backwater flooding up Cross Bayou, Twelve Mile Bayou, and lower McCain Creek. High water will creep up to near southern Fant Parkway and near the Teague Parkway.
30.5 Water flows into Traffic Street underneath the Kansas City Southern railroad bridge between Horseshoe Casino and Louisiana Boardwalk in Bossier City.
30 Russel Road will be overflowed between Blanchard Highway and Interstate 220 in north Shreveport.
27 Several hundred acres inundate in the C. Bickham Dixon park area. Also expect moderate to severe bank erosion. Flooding closes the Hamels Memorial Park upstream from Jimmie Davis Bridge.
25 C. Bickham Dixon park is floods and closes to the general public. Moderate bank erosion begins to damage riverbanks in both Shreveport and Bossier City especially next to the bike and walking path alongside the river in Shreveport.
23 Low land areas inundate next to C. Bickham Dixon park. Bank erosion problems begin as well.

About This Location
Latitude: 32.515278° N, Longitude: 93.740278° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84
River Stage
Reference Frame
Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 30 ft Interpreting hydrographs and NWS watch, warnings, and forecasts, and inundation maps
Vertical Datum Elevation
(gauge height = 0)
(gauge height = flood stage)
Elevation information source
NAVD88 Not Available Not Available Survey grade GPS equipment, FEMA flood plain maps, newer USGS topographic maps
NGVD 29 131.48 ft 161.48 ft Older USGS topographic maps, NGVD29 benchmarks
MSL Not Available Not Available Older USGS topographic maps, MSL benchmarks
Other Not Available Not Available  
Current/Historical Observations:

For a person who has taken Hydrology in college this stuff is pretty exciting.  I know I haven't seen anything like this before on the Red River.  I just had to get some pictures.
Some of the pictures I tried to take at the same spot or close to it.  I've gone to these spots 3 times.  Yesterday at about noon,  6-3-2015 from about 7-8 and today 6-4-2015 at about noon.
        I liked this picture also because you can get a feel of how red the Red River can get at times
 In the one above you can see the sign at noon. Now its barely visible at 7:15.
 This is noon on June 4th. 
  I almost didn't take this one but decided to since they had the sand bags going.
But I did take it again in the evening.  You couldn't notice a difference.

But this time you could see the water getting close to the sand bags.

This is a image that I wished I took every time because you can see the water rising so well.  I did get some but from different angles

                    6-3- noon

 Here the other angle and you can see that its gone over the wall.
And here it's way up the next day

 Here were some steps at noon time on the 3rd

I realized that these weren't very good reference points so I picked a couple of others.
The water was up over the sidewalk in the evening. 

 This is how they were on June 4th

This was another point of reference.  This was taken in the evening.  I didn't even pay attention to this area at noon.
Just look how much its gone up
This was another area I didn't look at at noon on the 3rd and wished I had.  I was surprised to see it past the fence already.

And now the water is flooding the street at this point.

I was so happy I got there when I did because I knew it was just a matter of moments before they close the street down at this location.

It wasn't long before I went to the Stoner boat launch .  I like these because we had the electric poles for references.  I was looking at the base.


Noon on the 4th of June.  The cement bases are completely covered.

 And here's a road that's been closed to the boat launch. 

 You have to look at the signs to see how its rised up.

Here's a couple of other images I took today of the Red.  I was amazed at how many people were fishing in it.
 This sidewalk is barely there.
 Just look at how Red the Red River is .
 The skate park and how its barely above it.
 And finally I have to thank all the policemen and emergency people who have been working overtime to make sure everyone is being protected.  I could tell with the river going on the road from where I had just come it was going to be closed soon and this was the next exit so to detour the traffic.  They were  getting into position to start the process. 

I am glad I went at noon and got these images because I sincerely doubt the road will be open tomorrow and I doubt I'll be able to get more images.

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