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Oberlin residents playing 'waiting game,' preparing for river to crest

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OBERLIN, LA (KPLC) -

In Oberlin in Allen Parish, the Calcasieu River continues to rise and it's a waiting game for the next 24 hours for authorities and residents.

Authorities there are preparing for any possible flood emergencies

As of 4 p.m. Thursday, not too many homes were yet impacted by the rising water just yet -  just a few camps along the river - but there are some low lying areas that still may see some flooding over the next 24 hours. 

The river is expected to crest at 24 feet  - 11 feet above flood stage - by late Thursday night. 

 By 4 p.m., the river had risen to around 18-to-19 feet, but when it does start to crest, Neville Vizena and Mussel White roads are expected ted to flood.

The Oberlin Police Department is on standby and the sheriff's office has a team ready to rescue residents in need. 

 The police department urges residents to avoid flood waters on the roads - La.26 will not flood. The river would have to crest at 26 feet for that to happen.

Reeds Bridge remains closed because of flooding.

Chief Grady Haynes with the Oberlin Police Department said there are other areas that will see some flooding later on. He urges everyone to stay away from flooded roads

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