Cross Lake closed due to high water level; backyards nearby flood
SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Even though the water level at Cross Lake trickled down some Tuesday (Jan. 31), it’s now expected to rise again. With more rain on the way, levels could increase another three feet by Friday, Feb. 3.
Some backyards along Cross Lake in west Shreveport are already underwater with the lake now knocking at homes’ back doors. Some are preparing by packing up items from their floor to put on higher ground.
KSLA caught up with one family that questioned whether city officials opened the flood gates in time or if they waited until the very last minute.
“Well we feel like the flood gates didn’t get opened in time. This has been forecasted for a long time, and they waited until all the rain had already happened, and it’s not just the rain going in the lake, but it’s all the runoff from the surrounding areas that’s contributing to this,” said Shannon, a resident of the area.
She then goes on to express her dissatisfaction with the damage the water causes to homeowners’ property.
‘It’s a lot of wear and tear on our backyards, and it eats away at our property line. It’s a lot of cleanup and a lot of damage that the city isn’t responsible for. We are.”
Even though sandbags are being handed out, it comes with a 20-bag limit. Shannon says 20 bags won’t make much of a difference for her or her neighbors. In a 2016 flood, she says, they had 4 feet of water in their home.
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Cross Lake will remain closed to boaters until the water drops to 172 feet. As of Jan. 31, it was still over 174 feet and could rise to 177 feet by Feb 3.
If you need help getting your boats off the water, contact Shreveport Police Lake Patrol at 318-673- 7245.
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