Flooding along Clyde Fant

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High water stretches over the recreation areas along the Red River in Shreveport after a rainy weekend. Parks and walkways have turn into waterways along Clyde Fant Parkway. 

Since there’s more rain in the forecast, local officials are preparing for more flooding. Officials said the river has reached its flood stage of 30 to 31 feet. It’s normally sits at 14 to 15 feet. 

C.Bickham Dickson, Hamel’s and the Dog Park are technically closed. Even though people are finding ways to have fun in the flood. Some taking time to kayak. 

The sheriff asks people to please be careful and don’t drive past any barricades. 

“It’s interesting to see this high water. As it always is. But we’re kind of getting used to it. So two things. Don’t get out and cause us a problem by getting into the water and wanting to see how deep the water is. Or possibly doing something that will cause emergency services to be needed to rescue you,” said Sheriff Steve Prator, Caddo Sheriff’s Office.

The Red River is expected to crest at 31 feet. 

12 Mile Bayou will crest at 33 feet, which is a good level to keep it from spilling into nearby farmland. Back when the major flood of 2015 happened, the river hit 37 feet. 

Sheriff Prator said if you live by the river, take note of the levels that way you know what to expect. 

“Although we’ll hopefully get by this one without any major problems. Around the corner will be another one. So you can’t let your guard down if you can impacted by your business or home by the river or 12 Mile Bayou. Make your preparations now. Look and see what a minor flood looks like and be prepared for a major flood should that happen,” Sheriff Prator said.

Many along Clyde Fant are taking advantage. Some finding it a good time to go fishing. 

“I come to this spot because the water comes over the damn over the road and they like to be active right here. I love it. I’m a die-hard fisherman. I chase the floods every time it gets like this,” said Jonathan Maxcy, fisherman.

So far, Sheriff Prator said the information from the National Weather Service shows the Shreveport and Caddo Parish area will not see the worst of it this time. It will really effect more places towards Natchitoches.
    
However, the levels can change in a matter of hours based on the amount of rainfall. 

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