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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Red River at Alexandria are issued routinely year-round.
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Upstream Gauge - at Grand Ecore Upstream Gauge Downstream Gauge Downstream Gauge - at Simmesport
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 40
Moderate Flood Stage: 36
Flood Stage: 32
Action Stage: 28
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 45.23 ft on 04/17/1945
(2) 43.65 ft on 02/05/1932
(3) 42.35 ft on 05/08/1927
(4) 42.05 ft on 05/19/1953
(5) 41.84 ft on 07/06/1908
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 38.32 ft on 03/19/2016
(2) 36.10 ft on 06/16/2015
(3) 22.35 ft on 05/17/2014
(4) 22.59 ft on 12/27/2013
(5) 26.91 ft on 03/27/2012
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) -3.90 ft on 10/13/1985
(2) -3.70 ft on 09/29/1981
(3) -3.30 ft on 09/25/1996
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45.23 The river is at its flood of record. Catastrophic flood damage will occur.
44 Approximate top of levees in Alexandria. Water reaches low point of steel on us 167 bridge. Widespread major river and backwater flooding occurs.
40 Extensive backwater flooding occurs near the confluence of the Cane River.
37.5 Water reaches top of the rails of the Union Pacific railroad bridge at Boyce. Considerable backwater flooding will occur.
35 Considerable overflow below Alexandria to the confluence with the Black River occurs. Backwater flooding worsens along inflow bayous that drain into the Red River.
33 Backwater flooding begins along Bayou Maria and Huffman Creeks east of Pineville.
32 Flooding of lowland areas near the river occurs and recreational boating is affected.
31 Some of the outfall canals are slowed or not allowed to drain into the river between 31 and 32 feet. Depending on rainfall this could cause flooding along some of the bayous, especially along Bayou Rigolette.
28 Overflow occurs on floodway side of levee from gauge to Acme. Recreational boaters should use extreme caution due to high river flows.
23 When the river reaches 23 feet with a predicted continual rise, the public boat ramps in Rapides and Avoyelles parishes will close. These include the ramps at Boyce, Fort Buhlow, Alexandria Levee Park, Lock and Dam #2, Brouillette and Ben Routh recreation areas.

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