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Bucky Crouch, left, and Jesse Crouch, right, guide Margaret Bordley back to a loading site through water caused by flooding of the Red River, Thursday, June 11, 2015, in Shreveport, La. Flooding from the swelling river put hundreds of homes and farmland underwater or in danger in rural northwest Louisiana, and state officials said Thursday that they would seek a federal disaster declaration to get help for residents. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
Troy Boyd transports sandbags to a house that is trying to protect itself from water caused by the flooding of the Red River, Thursday, June 11, 2015, in Shreveport, La. Flooding from the swelling river put hundreds of homes and farmland underwater or in danger in rural northwest Louisiana, and state officials said Thursday that they would seek a federal disaster declaration to get help for residents. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
This photo released by the Bossier City Sheriff's Office shows a sandbagged home during flooding from the Red River in the River Bluff subdivision of Bossier City, La., Monday, June 8, 2015. The Red River leveled off at Shreveport on Tuesday. It reached 37.09 feet in the afternoon, meteorologist Davyon Hill said. (Bill Davis/Bossier City Sheriff's Office via AP)
Parts of downtown Shreveport along the Red River remain flooded, Thursday, June 11, 2015, in Shreveport, La. Flooding from the swelling Red River put hundreds of homes and farmland underwater or in danger in rural northwest Louisiana, and state officials said Thursday that they would seek a federal disaster declaration to get help for residents. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
A partially submerged church caused by flooding from the Red River is visible Thursday, June 11, 2015, in Shreveport, La. Flooding from the swelling Red River put hundreds of homes and farmland underwater or in danger in rural northwest Louisiana, and state officials said Thursday that they would seek a federal disaster declaration to get help for residents. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
Pets that where left behind after the owners were forced to evacuate due to the flooding of the Red River gather atop ice chests to stay dry, Thursday, June 11, 2015, in Shreveport, La. Donna Jackson, an officer with the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office, not pictured, was called to perform a welfare check on the animals to make sure they look healthy and have access to a dry home. If either of these requirements are not met the Caddo Parish Animal Service would be called in to remove the animals. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
A sign is viewed near a submerged home caused by flooding from the Red River, Wednesday, June 10, 2015, in Bossier City, La. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
This photo released by the Bossier City Sheriff's Office shows a house under water during flooding from the Red River in Shreveport, La., Monday, June 8, 2015. The Red River leveled off at Shreveport on Tuesday. It reached 37.09 feet in the afternoon, meteorologist Davyon Hill said. (Bill Davis/Bossier City Sheriff's Office via AP)
A partially submerged structure caused by flooding from the Red River is visible Thursday, June 11, 2015, in Shreveport, La. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
Rigby Hollingsworth boats past a family friend's home that is protected by sandbags from water caused by the flooding of the Red River, Wednesday, June 10, 2015, in Bossier City, La. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
This photo released by the Bossier City Sheriff's Office shows a sandbagged home during flooding from the Red River in the River Bluff subdivision of Bossier City, La., Monday, June 8, 2015. The Red River leveled off at Shreveport on Tuesday. It reached 37.09 feet in the afternoon, meteorologist Davyon Hill said. (Bill Davis/Bossier City Sheriff's Office via AP)
RETRANSMISSION TO CORRECT ID - Tom Siskron III, right, pauses as a pump works to remove water from his son's property caused by the flooding of the Red River, Thursday, June 11, 2015, in Shreveport, La. Flooding from the swelling river put hundreds of homes and farmland underwater or in danger in rural northwest Louisiana, and state officials said Thursday that they would seek a federal disaster declaration to get help for residents. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
Donna Jackson, an officer with the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office, reacts as she surveys damage caused by flooding from the Red River, Thursday, June 11, 2015, in Shreveport, La. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
Bill Davis, an officer with the Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office, pauses after surveying damage caused by flooding from the Red River, Wednesday, June 10, 2015, in Bossier City, La. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
A partially submerged mailbox caused by flooding from the Red River is visible Wednesday, June 10, 2015, in Bossier City, La. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
This Monday, June 8, 2015 photo provided by the Bossier City Sheriff's Office shows flooding from the Red River at the Shreveport-Barksdale Boulevard bridge, over the river, in Bossier City, La. The National Weather Service says the Red River is leveling off at Shreveport, with changes being measured in hundredths of a foot. Meteorologist Davyon Hill says it reached 37.09 feet Tuesday afternoon. (Bill Davis/Bossier City Sheriff's Office via AP)
Brett Fetty, right, and Steve George transport supplies from a boat on a flooded road cause by the Red River, Thursday, June 11, 2015, in Shreveport, La. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
A house sits protected by sandbags from water caused by flooding of the Red River, Thursday, June 11, 2015, in Shreveport, La. Flooding from the swelling river put hundreds of homes and farmland underwater or in danger in rural northwest Louisiana, and state officials said Thursday that they would seek a federal disaster declaration to get help for residents. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
Walker Bell walks along a levee past submerged houses caused by the flooding of the Red River, Wednesday, June 10, 2015, in Bossier City, La. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
This photo released by the Bossier City Sheriff's Office shows flooding from the Red River at a construction site in South Bossier Parish, La., Monday, June 8, 2015. The Red River leveled off at Shreveport on Tuesday. It reached 37.09 feet in the afternoon, meteorologist Davyon Hill said. (Bill Davis/Bossier City Sheriff's Office via AP)
Rigby Hollingsworth steers a boat past a submerged home caused by the flooding of the Red River, Wednesday, June 10, 2015, in Bossier City, La. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
A sign and submerged vehicles caused by flooding from the Red River are visible Thursday, June 11, 2015, in Shreveport, La. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
A man steers a boat past a submerged home caused by the flooding of the Red River, Wednesday, June 10, 2015, in Bossier City, La. Rain is expected in the area on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
Parts of downtown Shreveport along the Red River remain flooded, Thursday, June 11, 2015, in Shreveport, La. Flooding from the swelling Red River put hundreds of homes and farmland underwater or in danger in rural northwest Louisiana, and state officials said Thursday that they would seek a federal disaster declaration to get help for residents. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
An Egret flies over a flooded road caused by the Red River, Thursday, June 11, 2015, in Shreveport, La. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Flooding from the swelling Red River put hundreds of homes and farmland underwater or in danger in rural northwest Louisiana, and state officials said Thursday that they would seek a federal disaster declaration to get help for residents.

Recovery teams were heading to the area to assess damage spreading as floodwaters from storms in neighboring Oklahoma and Texas overwhelmed the river. At Shreveport, the Red was about 6 feet above flood stage.

Firm numbers on homes and businesses affected weren't available, but the recovery teams hope to get that data, officials said. Federal Emergency Management Agency representatives are expected in the Shreveport-Bossier City area next week.

"We want to make sure everything is done to help people and communities impacted by the Red River flooding," said Kevin Davis of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

The National Weather Service says river levels will remain high for several weeks. Rain is forecast over the next couple of days and the river could go up slightly, said Lisa May, of the weather service office in Shreveport.

In Caddo Parish, an estimated 300 buildings have had power cut off, are threatened by water or have water inside, according to the Sheriff's Office.

In Bossier Parish, officials said two or three dozen houses and about the same number of mobile homes are flooded.

Downriver in Natchitoches Parish, homeland security officials said about 50 houses have flooded, but some are unoccupied. Another 200 houses and camps are threatened.

Rapides Parish Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Director Sonya Wiley-Gremillion was out Thursday touring areas already underwater.

She said at least two homes in the Rigolette area have water inside them. Some camps around the parish have had utilities disconnected because of high water, she said.

At Shreveport, the river had dropped half a foot from Wednesday's reading of 37.14 feet s of 7 a.m. Thursday. The flood stage there is 30 feet.

Downriver at Coushatta, the river will crest Friday at 42.5 feet. The flood stage there is 33 feet.

The river is expected to crest at Alexandria on Monday at 38 feet, six feet above flood stage.

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