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Flood Warning issued for Ouachita River in Monroe

Ouachita River at Columbia, Louisiana.

The National Weather Service out of Shreveport has issued a flood warning for the Ouachita River in Monroe, La.

At this time, the river's stage is at 30 feet and is expected to rise more than 12 feet within the next few days. By Tuesday morning, the river will be at 42 feet, well over the flooding stage. The areas expected to flood are the Bawconville and Moon Lake recreational areas and both the Forsythe and Lazarre recreational areas (with very minor lowland flooding immediately next to the river). When the flooding occurs, these areas will be closed from the public.

Flooding is a safety hazard and should not be taken lightly. The National Weather Service warns people to not drive vehicles through flooded waterways, use caution when walking near flooded riverbanks and do not wade or swim through flooded rivers and bayous.