Flood warning issued at Lake D'Arbonne as water levels continue to rise
The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for Bayou D’Arbonne near Farmerville on Wednesday.
According to the Lake D'Arbonne Board of Commissions, the flood stage is currently at 83 feet, which is nearly four feet above the standard pool level. At this level, there is limited property damage.
“There is probably not that many houses affected. What gets affected at this level is people’s piers and boathouses,” said Steve Cagle, Lake D’Arbonne Commissioners board member.
According to D'Arbonne Lake Commission President Jake Halley, it is likely that homes near the lake will experience flooding soon.
“I’m not sure how many homes we’ve had impacted themselves, but it’s getting close to the point where some of the homes will be experiencing some floodwaters,” said Halley.
Many homes around the Pleasure Island community near Stowe Creek experienced the most flooding. There, residents have to find alternate routes to get into their homes due to a growing number of road closures.
As of now, the lake is a “No Wake Zone” to protect property and businesses located around the lake.
A "wake" is the wave produced by a boating vessel when it travels through the water. People are being asked to be mindful of their boating speeds as they pass through the lake in order to reduce the wake their boating vessel produces.
“As you can see, by looking at my dock that if a boat went by right now, that’s what bounces boards loose and tears. It’s already underwater so you don’t wanna tear it up,” said Cagle.
The weather service predicted that the water crested around 12 p.m. on Thursday afternoon.
As of Thursday afternoon, the lake was closed to boat traffic but still open to commercial fishing.
“Even when the lake’s closed, we have emergency personnel that are out there if somebody needs help. We have some homeowners that need to get to their property, and we’ll have the sheriff’s department, wildlife fisheries,” said Cagle.
The flood warning at Lake D’arbonne is ongoing until further notice.