Local Flooding Affecting Several Areas in Shreveport
Cross Lake Reservoir has surpassed the flood stage and all public boat launches are closed.
Cross Lake Patrol officers urge the public to avoid the lake until the launches reopen and the lake returns to a safely navigable level. To possibly compound the problem, Shreveport leaders found a problem when they tried to open the gates at the Cross Lake spillway. One of the gates malfunctioned and would not open. The crews did manage to open two of the gates. City officials have called in a repair crew to fix the problem.
Shreveport has picked up 6.08 inches of rain since April 1st including the record rain total of yesterday 3.07 inches. Old record for yesterday was 3.04 inches set back in 1940. Since New Year's Day Shreveport has picked up 24.96 which is 10.33 inches above normal( Normal is 14.63 inches) And additional .33 inches of rain is expected in the next 24 hours. Over the next 16 days rainfall amounts of less than three quarters of an inch are expected.
A flood watch remains in effect for some areas. There is also a river flood warning in effect for Bodcau Bayou, Bayou Dorcheat At Lake Bistineau and Bayou Dorcheat At Dixie Inn. More rain is expected for most of today and into tomorrow.