**** updated 8 p.m., FRIDAY, March 11
Friday night, it appears that Lake D’Arbonne’s flood level is about to start leveling out. The lake may not reach the 90.0 predicted crest, but it will be close. At least the sun shined through late Friday for the first time in days.
At 8 p.m. Friday night, Lake D’Arbonne was at 88.89 feet.
At 9:25 a.m. Friday morning, Lake D’Arbonne had been at 88.62. So, it is still inching up slightly, but at a very slow rate.
The official prediction from the USGS is still a 90 foot crest sometime Saturday, but residents are hopeful it won’t make that. So many homes, camps and properties have flooded now that those within a few inches of the water are praying it won’t keep coming and get them.
Keep people all across north Louisiana in your prayers. This is an unprecedented tragedy for people all across the region. Here’s our best advice. Stay Safe. Don’t take chances. Property can be replaced. You can’t. Take care of yourself. Stay off the roads unless you have to travel. Take care of your neighbors and if you are able, find somebody or some way to help folks in need now and in the coming weeks.
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If you want to see some amazing videos and photos on Facebook from people out doing rescue work, check out:
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And in times like these, there is a Good Book that can give you comfort and peace when nothing else can. Here’s a verse from it:
The roads are not getting better. They are getting worse in many areas! One closing reminder:
” We are asking people to stay home and off the roads. Roads have been undermined and collapsing. We have had several vehicles washed off roadways and swallowed up by collapses. If anyone needs to leave their homes, we can assist them in that, but we cannot move any personal belongings.
Do not drive through water on the roadway. Turn around. We have numerous roads closed and underwater. Please do not drive around sightseeing. It is hampering people who are trying to evacuate and causing major problems.”
— Dusty Gates, Union Parish Sheriff