SHREVEPORT, La. – For several days, local meteorologists have excitedly reported about a significant weather event that would bring storms to the Ark-La-Tex. “Folks, this green and orange area is going to bring us some precipitation aaaaaand probably some thunderstorms intermingled all day with flooding likely in some areas around the Ark-La-Tex, so settle in with some chamomile tea and enjoy the wonders of nature,” says KTBS meteorologist Joe Haynes.
But residents were taken by surprise on Tuesday morning as Shreveport/Bossier experienced a deluge that has not ended at the time of this writing. “This is just too much rain if you ask me. I’m going to be late for work and I forgot to pack an umbrella, so you could say I’m a little pissed off about all of this,” one man driving his Nissan Altima with his headlights off tells The Crayfish.
“I was all ready for a flash flood,” says Bossier resident Rosie Kind. “That’s over quickly. A light little sploosh, if you will, but this is really, really flooding. There is a lot of water on the ground and I wasn’t quite prepared for all this.”
“Excuse me, but what are you doing about this [Councilman] Oliver Jenkins,” asks Broadmoor resident Quinton Harris. “There’s water just sitting there in the road thinking it can just stay here all day and no one is doing anything. My kids play here. We live here. Come fix this and make this water go someplace else, because I’m not having it, pal.”
Some residents have taken to the streets to alleviate some of the flooding around Shreveport and Bossier. The Crayfish sat down with Dylan Gruntz, leader of the Northwest Louisiana Meteorological Militia about steps that his group is taking. “Start shooting into the clouds with all you’ve got. The lead reacts with the moisture in the clouds and little by little moves the rain out of the area,” says Dylan. “We’ve put 700 rounds through that cumulonimbus cloud over here and you can already tell it’s starting to let up. Science is crazy.”
Rain is scheduled to remain in the area through Wednesday, all but rendering the right lanes on Youree useless without the aid of a jet ski. “I just wish when it rained a lot we didn’t have to deal with all the water on the freaking ground. It was already pretty muddy around town! Ugh,” says an exasperated resident.
The Crayfish urges residents to remember that one common byproduct of heavy rain is water, so plan your day accordingly.