Bossier Parish leaders and their respective emergency response agencies, public works departments and Bossier Parish School Board met today with the Bossier Levee District, Corp of Engineers, U.S. Geological Survey, LaDOTD, Barksdale AFB Engineer, Barksdale AFB Emergency Management and the National Weather Service to narrow efforts and prepare in case we see higher water or threats of flooding in Bossier Parish.
Although there is no concern of flooding in the parish at this time, we want to be cautious and prepared. Our rivers, bayous and tributaries that drain into the Red River are already high, and any significant rainfall amounts could influence this situation. As a protective precautionary measure, Parish and City Officials will be staging equipment in areas around the parish, training staff and monitoring the gauges on the waterways that indicate their water levels.
On Tuesday afternoon, March 17, the Bossier Levee District will begin placing sandbags on portions of the Red Chute Bayou levee that they feel need to be shored up in the event that there is heavy rainfall in our area. This is mainly done as a precautionary measure to further protect the levee system. It also helps our parish to be better prepared, saving time and resources in case sandbags are needed to protect the levee system during times of high water.
A watchful team comprised of Bossier Parish and Bossier City officials, Bossier Parish Levee District, Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Geological Survey and officials from Barksdale AFB are committed to keeping a close eye on the water situation here in Bossier Parish and will keep you notified of any changes and updates.