The current water level on Cross Lake in Shreveport is close to a historic low. The current water level is 169.70 feet above sea level, which is almost 3 feet lower than the average. Cross Lake serves as the City of Shreveport water supply. This has been one of the driest summer’s in years for Texas and Louisiana.
Besides the rain being an issue, there has also been nothing done by the City of Shreveport to push an initiative for the dredging of Cross Lake in Shreveport. The depth of the lake has decreased by almost five feet since 1980 and a dredging project is desperately needed by the city of Shreveport. If the issue is not addressed in the next several years then the future cost of the dredging project will be more than the city could possibly afford. The city leadership needs to step it up, push forward and propose a budget to dredge the lake before the silt builds up beyond what the man made lake can bare.
The water level on Cross Lake as of October 2010 is the lowest its been since 2001 when it was at 168.05. The current water level is 168.96.
The annual average precipitation in Shreveport is 52.38 Inches. So far in 2010 Shreveport has only had 22.07 inches of rain.
The picture here is a water moccasin I killed a few weeks ago on Cross Lake in Shreveport, LA. I see them several times a week swimming close to the shore. The balcony on my back porch provides a great elevated position to spot them and kill them. I’ve been using a Gamo Whisper pellet gun 1200 feet per second. I’ve been able to take out 10-12 snakes over the past several months, but this is the only one I’ve been able to pull out of the water after the kill. This particular water moccasin was not ready to die after I shot him, he was still alive when I pulled him out of the water with my rake, so I finished him off by taking a machete to his head.
Post Update – it turns out this is not a water moccasin, it is a banded water snake. The moral of the story is that if you see a snake swimming by your dock, you should not try to shoot it with a pellet gun, until you can confirm if the snake is a water moccasin or a banded water snake. As the snake is swimming by extremely fast, make sure and check to see if it has a fat head and a blunt tail. Banded water snakes are definitely something that you DO not want to kill because they eat so many rodents and are extremely friendly. In fact they make great pets.
This beaver was down by my dock around 8pm tonight eating some branches I threw in earlier today.
Sunday morning at around 7:42 am the Shreveport Police received a phone call about a body in Cross Lake. A boater found the man’s body and made the call to police. Multiple Police boats rushed to the scene early this morning. No further details are known until coroner completes an autopsy. We will update the story as we get further details and you can also read the other stories on KTBS or the Shreveport Times.
UPDATE: The body of a man found in Cross Lake has been identified as Adunus D. Glover, 21, of Shreveport. Here is the link to his Legacy GuestBook.