Updated Ouachita River Flood Stage and Forecast

Updates on flooding along the Ouachita River

Ouachita River at Camden

Flood Impacts: 

Flood of record, high water marks from flood of May 1882 were approximately at a stage of 46 feet.
Very serious flooding at this level, many structures and roads flooding. A crest of 44.8 feet occurred at Camden in April 1945.
Residential flooding is occurring in portions of Ouachita and Calhoun counties, with numerous road closures. This stage occurred in December 1987, the highest stage since completion of the flood control reservoirs.
Major flooding begins at this level. Widespread residential flooding is possible in the Camden vicinity and downstream. Much of the low lying areas along the river in Ouachita and Calhoun counties will be flooded. Access to many homes will be by boat.
Many homes along the river and Oxbow Lakes are accessable by boat only. Portions of Harmony Grove and the lakeside community are flooding.
Moderate flooding begins at this level. Access roads to commercial, industrial, and residential development are flooding. Access to locations along the river downstream of Camden, by boat only.
Overbank flooding closes many roads. Harmony Grove community has flood problems at this stage. Many low lying roads are flooding with access to some residential areas by boat only.
State Highway 7 north of Camden floods, with detours nearby. Portions of Sandy Beach Park will flood. Some county roads north and east of Camden begin to flood.
Sandy Beach Park and portions of the Riverwalk area off of Washington Street are inundated.
Low lying pastures and timber land along the river begins to flood. Sandy Beach Park at Camden starts to flood.


Ouachita River at Thatcher L&D

Flood Impacts:

Crest of record, 96.3 feet in April 1945. Very serious situation, extent of damages not entirely known. Possible road and structural flooding from near Calion downstream to the Moro Bay State Park vicinity.
Serious flooding begins, gap in floodwall near Calion Sawmill may need to be closed. River crested at 93.6 feet in January 1988, the highest level since completion of upstream flood control reservoirs. Calion Lake levee gates closed and runoff into lake cannot drain. Heavy rainfall in area could raise the lake level enough to threaten homes along shore. Areas of Moro Bay State Park flooded. Structures in the park probably high enough to stay dry.
From Calion to Thatcher Lock and Dam, the road along the levee may be affected. Some roads in Moro Bay State Park are flooded. Problems with Calion lake drainage. Heavy rain in the area could cause homes along the Lake Shore to be threatened by rising lake levels.
Access to Thatcher Lock and Dam may be affected. Many oil and gas rigs in the river bottoms can be reached by boat only. Runoff into Calion Lake cannot drain to the river. Levee gates should be closed. Downstream, minor impacts to the Moro Bay State Park, some shallow water may be over the road to the campground.
River is high enough to stop drainage from Calion Lake. Heavy rainfall in the area could cause the lake to rise towards several homes along the shore. Downstream, water rising into undeveloped areas of the State Park at Moro Bay. Widespread flooding of timber, with access to many oil and gas rigs flooded.
There may be some County roads along the river flooded, requiring lengthy detours. River is high and swift, boaters should be very cautious. Access to many oil and gas rigs will be by boat only. Levee gates should be closed.
Access to oil and gas rigs and to timber is flooded. Calhoun County Road 131 is completely under water leading to old Lock 8 river access.
Minor flooding occurs at this level. Levee gates should be closed to prevent the river from backing into Calion Lake. Access to oil and gas rigs and to timber is flooded. There is wide coverage of flooding in the river bottoms.
Property in low lying areas needs to be removed. Access roads to oil and gas rigs may be flooded. Levee gates should be closed before the river reaches 80 feet. There is minor flooding at this level.


Ouachita River at Felsenthal Lock & Dam

Flood Impacts:

Expect long term flooding for several weeks in the Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge. Travel becomes difficult as all access roadways flood.
Moderate flooding of county roadways and bridges will continue for several days. Detours are necessary and travel in and around the area will be difficult.
Floodwaters will continue to receed from roadways and bridges around the locks. Roadways and detours will begin to slowly open for use during the next three days.
Flooding of low lying areas in the Felsenthal Wildlife Refuge will continue for at least another three weeks.
Flooding in the Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge will continue for at least another ten days.
Expect minor flooding to continue in the Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge for at least another week.
Minor lowland flooding of the Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge will continue for several days. Secondary roadways along the river bottom will be inundated and closed.


Ouachita River at Monroe

Flood Impacts:

Catastrophic flooding occurrs with water overtopping numerous levees in the Monroe area. High water laps at the bottom of the U.S. Highway 80 bridge.
Major flooding between the levees occurs and the floodwall gap must be closed on the East Monroe side of the river.
Water floods the underclearance of the Desiard Street bridge. Major lowland flooding occurs between the levee systems.
The Prairon Bayou recreational area floods and closes. Lowland flooding becomes extensive at this stage between levees.
The Bawcomville and Moon Lake recreational areas flood and close.
Minor backwater flooding affects small bayous that drain into the Ouachita River along with minor lowland flooding between levee systems.
Both the Forsythe and Lazarre recreational areas flood and close with very minor lowland flooding immediately next to the river.
The Forsythe Recreational Area closes, otherwise no other flooding occurs in the Monroe area until a stage of 36 feet.


Ouachita River at Columbia Lock and Dam

Flood Impacts:

Thousands of acres of land flood between and near the levees. Some topping of levees may possible downstream from Columbia.
Lowland flooding will continue to slowly recede, but the river will remain above flood stage for several more days.
The Columbia Lock and Dam recreational area floods and must be closed. In addition, expect moderate to severe flooding of lowland river bottoms between and near levee systems.
The riverton recreational area floods and must be closed. In addition, expect minor flooding of lowland river bottoms.


*All information above has been provided courtesy of the National Weather Service Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service*

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