To put this in historical perspective, we haven't seen a crest this high since 1992. However, the Red River has always been a flood-and-shallows river. I can remember being able to walk across most of the Red River during dry times, being able to jump from sand-bar to sand-bar, having to swim only a short distance against the sluggish channel. In the mid-90's the Corps of Engineers put in a system of locks, improving navigation and taming the river just a little bit. However, the Red reminds us that you can't tame nature. All the locks are open right now, trying to drain the excess water and navigation on the river has been severely curtailed.
However, this isn't the biggest flood that the Red River has seen in modern times. My friend David, sends this picture to lend an historical perspective. I believe that this photo was taken from the Pineville side of the river, because I see buildings on the opposite bank that I know to be in Alexandria. For example, that tall building to the right of the bridge is the Guaranty Bank building.
The Red River at Alexandria crested as its highest point ever recorded, which is 45.23 feet on April 17, 1945. Here's a picture of the historic event. Keep in mind that this was before the lock and dam system that was installed in the mid-90s.I certainly on't remember that flood, because I wasn't born until late 1953. I bet Momma remembers that flood.