Major flooding is expected across Lake Charles, Louisiana, beginning this afternoon and lasting through tomorrow morning, which is likely to topple a record from over 100 years ago.
The Calcasieu River, which runs through Lake Charles, is currently forecast to rise to 15.6 feet by tomorrow morning. This would surpass the previous record of 13 feet — which was set on Oct. 1, 1913. When the river reaches 13 feet, “over half of the city of Lake Charles is flooded," according to data from the National Weather Service.
The river gauge is currently around 4.5 feet, meaning the water level is expected to rise by more than 10 feet by 7 a.m. CT tomorrow morning. The extreme rise in water level will result from the major storm surge from Hurricane Laura pushing up into the river, combined with rainfall totals expected to reach 10 inches.
The river level reached 11 feet in September 2008 when Hurricane Ike hit.