updated 9:00 p.m. Sunday, March 13
Lake D’Arbonne continues to fall. We got some heavy rain in the area beginning just a few minutes ago. It is not anticipated that these will have a serious impact on the lake at this point.
The USGS gauge on Lake D’Arbonne that has been giving us great numbers and predictions has apparently failed. The lake is NOT at 80.43 at 9:00 p.m. as the site is reporting…
However, based on the rate of fall before the failure and personal measurements, the lake is around 86 feet at the time of this report. It should be at around 85 feet by late tomorrow, which would put the water out of a large number of residences that are now flooded. ** Sorry, that is just an estimate because it’s all we’ve got right now. Hopefully the official site will be back up and running by Monday morning.
In other important news:
Hwy. La. 2 to Sterlington is open
Hwy. La. 15 to West Monroe is open.
Hwy. 143 (Rocky Branch Road/White’s Ferry Road) is now open. The bridge is open.
** If you travel, please travel with care. And remember, LAKE D’ARBONNE IS CLOSED TO BOAT TRAFFIC EXCEPT FOR EMERGENCIES UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. DON’T NEEDLESSLY HURT PEOPLE’S PROPERTY MORE THAN IT ALREADY HAS BEEN BY MAKING WAKES ON THE LAKE!
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What’s ahead? A lot of cleanup and recovery. And as area lakes and bayous crest and start to go down, the Ouachita River is going straight up. That’s the newest worry in the northeast Louisiana region. A dam collapsed just a few minutes ago in Richland Parish that will inundate the area around Hebert. Residents there were advised the leave immediately.
Sunday’s new forecast for a crest on the river is 46.5 feet in Monroe, up from 45 feet Saturday and 42.5 feet Friday. Rumors of a failure of the levee in the Monroe area are untrue. There was one slide area, but officials have said they are confident they can fix that.
Flood stage for the Ouachita is 40 feet in Monroe. The level had risen to almost 44 feet by midday Sunday. The river levee system will contain the river up to slightly above 50 feet. The record high 50.53 feet set in 1991.
Here’s another great local Facebook site to get positive information/photos on:
If you haven’t seen this yet, take time to watch. It is an encouraging message for sure:
Special thanks to the Crappie Masters Crew who sent this special video to us to share with the victims of the flooding in Union Parish and Lake D’Arbonne. They stood in the pouring rain at the Greenville, MS. tournament last night to do this. Class folks! (it’s a big file, so give it time to download…)
For past lake flooding updates and other websites and Facebook pages you can go to for the latest updates, photos and information, see the “Saturday Night Update under the “recent posts” column on this site… Stay informed. And stay safe!