Ouachita River

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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.

Ouachita River Will Crest Wednesday In Monroe

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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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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.

Flood Warning issued for Ouachita River in Monroe

Feb 23, 2018
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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.

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The Ouachita Business Alliance achieved many goals benefiting the Monroe community and is continuing these efforts in the new year. 

The Ouachita Business Alliance (OBA) was formed in 2014 by members of CenturyLink and the Northeast Louisiana business community. Current chair Carrick Inabnett helped found OBA with the community in mind. "We wanted to form a business group that tried to help the community in ways that may not be addressed by local government or other organizations."

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Financial problems are making upkeep difficult on the Ouachita –Black River system.

Tracy Hilburn, Operations Superintendent of the Tensas Basin Levee District says the system has $30,000,000 in outstanding work that could determine the amount of commercial river traffic that uses the Ouachita River.

Hilburn says if the river traffic doesn’t pick up the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers could walk away from the project. 

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The Ouachita River system is in a perilous situation. The lack of commercial barge traffic on the river may mean reduced federal funds for dredging and repairs to locks and dams. This lack of upkeep has forced some shippers off the river and if total commercial tonnage doesn’t pick up the river could return to a natural state.

Randy Denmon of Ouachita River Valley Association (ORVA) will be a panelist at KEDM’s Policy and a Pint: Ouachita Runs Dry. We will discuss the dangers of a declining river system.

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90.3 KEDM Public Radio hosts Policy and a Pint: Ouachita Runs Dry-The Decline of a River System on Tuesday April 11 at 6 p.m. Topics to be discussed include river health, drinking water, economic impact, agricultural impact, industry and recreational use of the Ouachita River.

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A doomsday situation could be just around the corner for North Louisiana and South Arkansas.  The Ouachita River could be defunded by the Corp of Engineers because of a lack of barge traffic.

Terry Baugh of the Ouachita Port says, “We are one pen swipe from disaster.”

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