It doesn’t get any redder than this:
Peter Grant was there:
That’s the Red River, on the boundary between Texas and Oklahoma, where it’s crossed by Interstate 44. It’s been about ten feet wide and six inches deep through the winter. Now, it’s in flood, so make that three-quarters of a mile wide, including the flood plain, and about ten feet deep at the time that photograph was taken (by Miss D.) yesterday afternoon. We drove up to see the river in flood, as many locals have done. It hasn’t been this impressive for a long time, or so we’re told.
The nearest flood gauge is possibly within camera range, though it’s described by the National Weather Service simply as “Red River near Burkburnett.” Flood stage is a modest 9 feet; it’s been between 9 and 10 feet all week. The record, apparently, is just shy of 17 feet, set in 1983.
And warnings may be in order:
All that water is on its way to Louisiana, so Shreveport and Alexandria are in for some interesting times when it gets there. From there, it’ll join the Mississippi, and head for the Gulf of Mexico.
The stage at DeKalb-Pecan Point, near the very corner of Texas, was 22.5 feet last night; flood stage is 24 feet, and that will probably be reached this evening.