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Bossier officials prepare for more rain, possible flooding

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Sandbags will be available for Bossier residents this weekend

With the arrival of additional rainfall in the Bossier Parish community, efforts started last week to place Bossier Parish in a positive posture in case of additional high water concerns.

warningExamples of the protective precautionary measure underway at this time include: Sandbagging along portions of the Red Chute Bayou, release of water through the Red Chute Bayou controlled diversion structure, continuous observation of the Levee systems and associated flood gauges and sandbag availability to the public.

Due to wet ground conditions already in our area and because our rivers, bayous and tributaries that eventually drain into the Red River are already high, any significant rainfall amounts will influence this situation. The National Weather Service Office in Shreveport predicts that we will be getting more rain beginning late today and through the weekend, all ending early Sunday morning.

Flash flooding throughout our parish is likely with any significant amount of rainfall. Due to the geographical makeup of Bossier Parish, some areas may experience flash flooding during this event. It should be noted various locations in south Bossier Parish are more susceptible to flooding in the lower-lying areas.

As a precautionary measure, sandbags will be available to the public for use in those areas prone to flooding.  Sandbags will be available for pickup from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at these two locations:  Bossier Parish Highway Department Barn at 410 Mayfield St. in Benton and the Bossier City Public Service Complex at 3223 Old Shed Road.

As we receive more rainfall, residents should be watchful for flooding conditions in their area. Bossier Parish and Bossier City officials, along with the Bossier Parish Levee District, are all keeping a close eye on the situation here in Bossier Parish.

(News release from the Bossier Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness)