Updated Flood Warning For Ouachita River and Lake Darbonne
The National Weather Service in Shreveport has continued the flood warning for the Ouachita River Monroe and Farmerville areas. The warning will persist until further notice.
At 1100 AM Monday the stage was 35.4 feet.The river will rise above flood stage by late Friday morning and continue to rise to near 46 feet by March 11. Additional rises remain possible thereafter.
When the river reaches 40 feet, residents are expected to see minor backwater flooding the will affect small bayous that drain into the Ouachita River along with minor lowland flooding between levee systems.
In Farmerville, the flood warning also continues for the Bayou Darbonne area at Lake Darbonne. As of late Sunday Morning, the pool stage was at 83.2 feet. The flood pool stage is 83 feet. The bayou is expected to recede below flood stage by Monday evening. But, during the day residents are to expect flooding of secondary roadways with some camps suffering overflow.
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 never wade or swim in flooded rivers and bayous.
Secure boats and docks for high water. This flooding
will be similar to that experienced during March of 2016 on the Ouachita River through Monroe.