Red River crest prediction raised to 36.5 feet

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Data Provided by the National Weather Service in Shreveport.

The National Weather Service in Shreveport has once again revised the level at which the Red River is expected to crest, upping the level from 35.5 feet forecast on Thursday to 36.5 feet.

The NWS says at that level, Shreveport will see the highest crest in 70 years behind the flood of 1945, which crested at 38.3 feet.

The river is now expected to reach its highest level through the end of the weekend into Monday, instead of on Saturday as previously forecast.

Photo by Lt. Bill Davis, Bossier Sheriff's Office | An aerial view of the River Bluff neighborhood, located north of Bossier City on Highway 3. Photo taken on June 4, 2015 when the Red River reached 34 feet. The river is now predicted to crest at 36.5 feet.
Photo by Lt. Bill Davis, Bossier Sheriff’s Office | An aerial view of the River Bluff neighborhood, located north of Bossier City on Highway 3. Photo taken on June 4, 2015 when the Red River reached 34 feet. The river is now predicted to crest at 36.5 feet.

Today, Governor Bobby Jindal will travel to both Caddo and Bossier parishes to meet with local officials, survey response efforts and ensure that local officials have what they need to help combat the flood waters and protect communities.

The increased crest level is expected to pose more problems for the parkways along the river in Shreveport-Bossier, particularly in low-lying areas along Arthur Ray Teague and Clyde Fant Parkway.

Other areas that could see some flooding include I-220 eastbound, where the water is expected to creep up even closer to the roadway.

Areas that are already flooded will see more flooding, particularly along all tributaries that are backing up as the pressure from the Red River keeps them from draining as they normally would.

As of 8 a.m. Friday, the Red River in Shreveport was at 34.85 feet.

While the expectation is that the river level will rise to at least 36.5 feet, and the actual crest could fall within 6 inches either way.