River levels on the Ouachita River at Monroe are just under 28 feet, and they are expected to rise next week. If the level gets to 30 officials may have to take action.
On Wednesday, river levels are forecast to reach 29.4 feet. At 30, Ouachita River officials would close the flood gates at back bayou in west Monroe. In Monroe, flood stage is 40 feet and would cause backwater issues lowland flood. John Stringer of the Tensas Basin Levee Board says, high water as this time of year isn't that uncommon and we will stay well under flood stage. The highest river level ever at Monroe was 50.5 feet in 1991.