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Ouachita Parish Mosquito Abatement trucks patrol for unseen dangers.
Cory Crowe / KEDM Public Radio

Ouachita Parish will vote this weekend on a tax renewal to fund the Ouachita Parish Mosquito Abatement District. The mosquito abatement scientist monitor dangerous diseases spread by insects such as Zika, West Nile and St. Louis encephalitis, Yellow Fever and others. 

The tax renewal generates nearly 2 million dollars per year that is used in scientific insect control and disease monitoring. The area is sprayed by trucks and airplanes when mosquito numbers meet certain criteria.  The last major mosquito disease outbreak was a West Nile outbreak in 2001. 

The National Weather service is currently a damage survey from Friday and Saturday's storm. Scientist with the Shreveport office have confirmed six tornadoes in their initial reports.

An EF-1 tornado with winds up to 105 m.p.h. hit the Grambling area and moved to Ruston. The path of the tornado was 6.66 miles. Trees fell on houses and metal roofs were blown off of houses.

The Choudrant area was pummeled by an EF-1 tornado. NWS Meteorologist say that a tornado was on the ground for 4.77 miles. The path took the twister across I-20 and splintered trees with 105 m.p.h. winds.

NWS Shreveport

Severe weather is expected to move into the area on Friday. The system will bring up to 4" of rainfall and produce flash flooding. The strong storm could also produce hail, damaging winds and dangerous tornadoes. The greatest risk will be Friday afternoon into Saturday morning.

Take time now to clean drains and ditches to prevent flooding. Prepare now by getting a flashlight and battery powered radio and keep it tuned to 90.3 KEDM for alerts. Discuss your storm plan with your family. 

KEDM Wins Best Newscast In Louisiana & Mississippi

Apr 11, 2018
Cory Crowe / KEDM

KEDM Public Radio was the winner of 6 awards at the 2018 Associated Press Broadcasters and Media Editors News Excellence Awards. The event honors the best in professional journalism in Mississippi and Louisiana.

90.3 KEDM Public Radio's News Director Cory Crowe received the prestigious Best Newscast award for Louisiana and Mississippi. Contest judges said, "A great example of what radio news should be, the narration is authoritative and nicely paced."

NWS Shreveport / NOAA

The National Weather Service in Shreveport has issued a

Flood Warning for Urban Areas and Small Streams in...
Southern Union County in south central Arkansas...
Central Jackson Parish in north central Louisiana...
Union Parish in north central Louisiana...
Ouachita Parish in north central Louisiana...
Northeastern Claiborne Parish in northwestern Louisiana...
Lincoln Parish in north central Louisiana...

Until 1115 AM CDT Thursday

NWS Shreveport / NOAA

Heavy rainfall will move into north Louisiana Tuesday night and stick around until Friday. The National Weather Service says total rainfall may be 4-6" with flash flooding and river flooding possible. 

These storms will develop along a slow moving cold front. In addition to rain, the system could produce damaging winds and hail. 

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect until 7 a.m.  Thursday and a Flood Warning remains for the Ouachita River until further notice.

diamondjacks.com

Monroe's Southside Economic Development District (SEDD) is in the planning phase to lure a casino to the Ouachita River in Monroe. Monroe lawmaker Marcus Hunter  has indicated he will  introduce a bill to make the Ouachita River eligible to house a riverboat casino.  Numerous reports say the  DiamondJacks Casino in Bossier is a likely target.  If SEDD is courting DiamondJacks it better hurry and put a ring on it because Robert is also calling on the casino and is much closer to sealing the deal.

Wilderness Store

Mar 19, 2018
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K. Ouchley

Less than three months after Union Parish was carved from Ouachita as a new political entity, William McKay died there intestate leaving a grieving widow and two-year old daughter.  In 1839, Union Parish was essentially wilderness and sparsely populated, the surge of immigration by settlers from eastern states just over the horizon.  McKay owned a store on the Ouachita River, either at what would later be called Alabama Landing or farther south at Ouachita City, or maybe even at the mouth of Bayou de l'Outre.

Jay Curtis / KEDM

Research shows that one in three young people will go through an abusive or unhealthy relationship. 90.3 KEDM's Policy and a Pint: Dating Violence Prevention looks at those issues with a panel of local experts. The live radio discussion was recorded Tuesday, March 6 at Planter's Gastropub at 101 North Grand Street in Monroe.  

Panelists include Daryl Johns from the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office, Melanie Clark from the Wellspring Alliance, and Valerie Bowman of the Family Justice Center. 

Ouachita River Will Crest Wednesday In Monroe

Mar 12, 2018
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The flood warning continues for the Ouachita River in the Northeast Louisiana areas of Monroe and Colombia until further notice.

In Monroe, the river level was at 46.1 feet at 7 p.m. Sunday and in Colombia at 6 a.m. Sunday the Ouachita River was at 66 feet. These levels are expected to rise throughout the week.

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