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Bossier residents asked to prepare for severe weather

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Courtesy Photo | Sandbags are being filled in preparation of the heavy rains and possible flooding expected in the area.

Bossier Parish residents are urged to keep both eyes on the weather for the next couple of days with forecasts calling for rainfall amounts ranging from seven to 10 inches.

Ian Snellgrove, director of the Bossier Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, told parish and city officials Monday that the National Weather Service was predicting periods of extremely heavy rains beginning early Tuesday and continuing through Wednesday evening.

“We’re told rainfall amounts over much of our area could be around seven inches, with 10 inches a possibility in some places,” Snellgrove. “A flash flood watch will be in effect from Tuesday afternoon through Thursday afternoon.”

The bureau predicted the threat of flooding could exist along all area lakes, rivers and bayous including portions of the Red River, Snellgrove said.

Residents who must drive during the days when rain is heaviest should be aware of the potential for flooding in low areas in both Bossier City and the parish. City and parish officials warn motorists to avoid driving at a high rate of speed when water is standing on roadways.

“We would urge people to be particularly careful when driving at night,” Sheriff Julian Whittington said. “It’s very easy to lose control of a vehicle if a driver runs into standing water on our roads.”

With the potential for flooding in areas of the city and parish, sandbags are being made available at two locations. In Bossier City, residents may pick up sandbags at the public service complex, 3223 Old Shed Rd. from 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Bossier Parish residents will find sandbags available at the police jury highway department maintenance complex, 410 Mayfield St. in Benton from 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

According to forecasters, the greatest risk for severe weather should exist from Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday night.

“We would urge everyone to keep up with the forecasts if possible,” Snellgrove said. “And, during periods of very heavy rainfall, it would be good if people would not drive unless it is absolutely necessary.”