Bossier officials monitoring weather conditions in the Gulf

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A weather system forming in the Gulf of Mexico could become a tropical storm with landfall in south Texas Tuesday.

Although forecasters say the Red River is down to moderate flood stage and should be below 30 feet by Wednesday, additional rain would mean another river rise. The effect on this area would come from rains ranging from eight to 10 inches in the Red River basin in the Texas Panhandle and Oklahoma from landfall through Thursday.

The National Weather Service forecasts call for scattered thunderstorms locally with a 60 percent chance of rain Monday and Tuesday before dropping to 50 percent Tuesday night. On Wednesday, however, chances for rain run as high as 70 percent. Thursday and Friday, chances range from 30 to 40 percent.

Water levels upstream in Lake Texoma and Lake Hugo are below 100 percent capacity, but potential heavy rains forecast in that area could bring the levels up again. Both lakes experienced the highest levels on record during the recent flooding. National Weather Service forecasters said extremely heavy rains in the Red River basin could produce Red River levels as high as were recently experienced in the Bossier/Caddo area.

Red Chute Bayou and Flat River are still above alert level, but are draining slowly because of high water levels downstream in the Red River.

In north Bossier Parish, Hwy. 537 is now open; Hwy. 515 is still holding water.

All local agencies continue to exercise contingency planning as a precaution against locally heavy rainfall. The National Weather Service said a possibility of local flash flooding existed if heavy rains hit the area.

In south Bossier Parish, Adkins Clark road remains under water and flood waters remain close to highways 154 and 157.

Bossier Parish is waiting to begin picking up sandbags until expected heavy rains pass through the area. Two points of distribution for sandbags, Elm Grove Elementary and the Tooke Memorial Library in Koran, will continue to hold bags as a precaution.