NEW ORLEANS — The flooding Red River in rural northwest Louisiana is reaching levels not seen since the 1940s, sending people scrambling to protect their homes, property and livestock.

Along the river on Friday, family, friends, neighbors and volunteers pitched in to build sandbag walls. The effort has been going on for about a week, as the river has swelled from massive rains that hit neighboring Texas and Oklahoma.

The river had receded only an inch since Thursday. That left residents faced with the prospect of continued sandbagging of homes and property. The National Weather Service predicts the river will slowing fall

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