Red River

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The public is invited to tour the Motor Vessel MISSISSIPPI when it is docked at the Central Louisiana Regional Port in Alexandria, Louisiana, from 9-10:30 a.m. Aug. 16. 

The vessel is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' largest diesel towboat and flagship to the Mississippi River Commission (MRC), which is inspecting Corps of Engineers projects along the Red River as part of the commission's annual low-water inspection trip. 

A new audit of the Red River, Atchafalaya, and Bayou Boeuf Levee District shows multiple violations involving expenditures. 

The Louisiana Legislative Auditor's Office found the former board president used a district credit card to pay for unauthorized meals and lodging. 

The audit report shows the district's board also did not follow proper procedures last year in raising the per diem allowance for board commissioners from $75 to $97.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended its filing deadline for Louisiana policyholders impacted by recent Red River flooding.

FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program normally requires homeowners to file a Proof of Loss form to claim damages within 60 days of a flood. The agency has authorized an additional 180-day extension during which a policyholder may submit the form.

Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says the extension applies to Louisiana policyholders who submit claims related to flooding from May 16 to June 16.

Red River Expected To Crest At 37 Feet

Jun 8, 2015

The National Weather Service has revised it's projection of when the Red River will crest.  Meteorologist Dayvon Hill says the swollen waterway will reach 37 feet  sometime today.

The NWS had previously predicted the river to crest this past Saturday at 35 and a half feet.  The new projection of 37 feet would mark the river's stage as the fourth highest recorded level.  A 70-year mark of 38.3 feet was reached in April 1945.