The Red River in Shreveport-Bossier City Has Crested at 37.14 Feet
Shreveport and Bossier City, La., is in the middle of the worst flood the two cities have seen in the past 70 years.
The Red River, which flows through both cities, has slowly swollen above its banks, thanks to unprecedented rainfall throughout the month of May in Oklahoma and Texas.
As the water flowed down the Red River from the excessive rain, it began to slowly flood the low-lying areas and bayous throughout the region. Now it has disrupted lives of many living in Shreveport and Bossier City.
Area roads are closed, homes are flooded, businesses have been ruined, livestock has been displaced -- just a total disruption to everyday life for citizens in the area.
Flood stage for the Red River in Shreveport-Bossier City is 30 feet. Hydrologists and meteorologists raised the cresting of the Red River four different times, originally thinking it was going to crest late last week at around 34.5 feet, but that was updated a couple of times to eventually cresting at 37.14 feet on Tuesday, according to KSLA.
Although the river has crested, it is going to be quite some time before all of the flood waters recede and life can begin to be put back together for the residents who live along the Red River.
Now that the Red River has crested, water levels will slowly fall back to flood stage, but some flooded areas will see the water stick around through July and as late as August.
It is hard to say this, but all of the flooding has produced some rather stunning images. Aerial video shot from drones and helicopters show the scope and magnitude of the flooding that is widespread.
The power of water in unimaginable and the images that Mother Nature provides is truly spectacular.