According to forecasts the Red River is heading for another major flood event just a few feet shy of the records set in early June.
The National Weather Service out of Shreveport has issued a statement regarding a second round of flooding, “Tropical Storm Bill brough very heavy rainfall to the upper Red River basin from June 17-June 19, 2015. A new rise on the Red River is expected to develop during the last half of this June. The Red River’s major reservoirs remain swollen by stored flood waters from the historic heavy rainfall during May 2015. The greatly reduced flood storage capacity of these reservoirs have increased the flooding threat on the Red River.”
“Municipalities and citizens are urged to remain diligent in efforts to keep informed and be prepared for this potential developing situation on the Red River. Extremely heavy rain fell upstream on the Red River in Southern Oklahoma and North Texas. It will take many days for this next wave of potential river rises to reach the area. Despite the river having fallen in many areas, additional rises are still possible.”
Highway 71 was closed May 29, 2015 at around 27 ft. due to the highway flooding just north of the river. Index is forecast to reach 27.8 ft. by Thursday morning.
Pecan Point – U.S. 259 remains closed