Thursday, May 21, 2015


It's been raining most of the last couple of weeks.  Steady downpours that continue to fill the creeks, bayous ditches and swamps.  The Red River is at flood stage, and no indication that the rain is going to let up in the near term.  All that water has to go somewhere.

The weather is the talk of the office, and I'm hearing reports that local communities are being affected.  Bayou Derbonne in southern Natchitoches parish is flooding, and the Good Hope community near Cypress, LA is likely cut off.    Other co-workers report that Bayou Rigollette is near flood stage and the road that links that community with Pineville.

That's what the weather map looked like at 11:00 a.m. today.  I'm not sure where all that water is going to go, every drain we have is full.  For folks in low-lying areas, it's liable to get interesting in the next day or so.

One thing that I learned when I lived in the swamp along Bayou Derbonne is that it never floods while it's raining.  Normally, it takes two or three days for the water to work its way down from the hills, to fill the creeks, which drain into the bayous and sloughs.  Normally, it floods in good weather.  After the bad weather.  It might get interesting around here in the next two or three days.

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