Emergency declared as La. officials eye rising Red River
SHREVEPORT - State officials and authorities in northwestern Louisiana are keeping an eye on the Red River, which is expected to surpass flood stage late next week.
Caddo Parish authorities noted the Red is currently expected to crest four feet above its 30-foot flood stage on June 6. The governor's office says flooding further downriver, in Coushatta and then Alexandria, is expected the following week.
In Baton Rouge, Gov. Bobby Jindal on Friday declared a state of emergency and called a meeting of the state's Unified Command Group to prepare for possible flooding. Bossier Parish is being provided with 25,000 sandbags.