Weather brings on minor flooding

Minor flooding is forecast for Bayou Dorcheat at Dixie Inn, due to an abundance of rain in Oklahoma and Arkansas.

According to the National Weather Service, by 11 a.m. Saturday, July 15, the flood stage was 10.3 feet with the bayou expected to rise above flood stage (14 feet) Sunday and continuing to 17 feet by Tuesday morning.

For the immediate future, a heat advisory remains in effect. NWS predicts hot temps combined with humidity could result in heat indexes from 105 to 109 degrees, something that often causes pop-up thunderstorms. When those occur to the north, a “trickle down” effect takes place, causing flooding in waterways such as Dorcheat.

Thunderstorms Sunday were expected, however, along with high winds, there were power outages and downed trees in the parish. Minden Mayor Nick Cox said several areas in Minden were without power, but all were reportedly restored by 11:30 p.m. Sunday. If anyone is still without power, please contact Minden City Hall at 377-2144.