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History: High water level accused caving banks in 1938

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The Bossier Banner reported in its March 3, 1938 issue that caving banks at several Bossier Parish points were causing damage.

“As the Red River rose during the past few days, serious conditions prevailed in several sections of the parish.  Up in Phelps Lake Bottom water covered several hundred acres of the parish’s richest farming land, forcing more than a score of families to flee to higher ground.  In a few instances feed, stored in barns and cribs, were lost, but in most cases farmers were able to move their stock and feed to safety.”

“At least one North Bossier farmer lost his feed and a number of hogs.”

“Thus far no appeal for Red Cross funds has been made, although the situation may become acute enough to warrant such an appeal.”

“Down at Honore Bend, just north of Bossier City, on the Beene Plantation, caving banks have presented a most serious problem.  The river ate into the banks to such an extent that the lines of the Southwestern Gas and Electric Company, the utility firm serving all of this section, had to be moved three times.  The lines have now been set up along the paved highway.  The Cotton Belt Railway has been forced to move its tracks five times and the telephone company is presently setting its lines along the highway.  The communications lines of the railway have also been moved.”

“The banks have caved so much at this point that a wide gap in the levee can easily be seen from the highway, only a few hundred yards from the river.  The banks have sloughed off to a point beyond the center of what was formerly the main line track of the railway.”

“At present two homes on the Beene place are threatened.”

“Officials of the Bossier Parish Levee Board, the Cotton Belt and the Beene Planting Corporation are holding conferences, from which a solution to the problem is expected to arise.”

“Down in South Bossier, several planters report caving banks along the river front on their places.  Several of them report serious inroads are being made on their land.”

“Near Benton, caving has taken between seven and ten acres on Cat Island Plantation, just south of the town.”

“In Bossier City, several houses in low-lying sections, are surrounded by water and the Liendecker Lumber Company has been forced to move a quantity of stored lumber to safety.  Caving banks in the city have also been reported, but no serious damage is anticipated.  City officials report considerable trouble with the sewerage disposal plant has been caused by the high water, but that they have the situation well in hand.

To learn about other weather-related events in Bossier Parish visit the Bossier Parish Library Historical Center.

Ann Middleton is Director of the Bossier Parish Library Historical Center. She can be reached at (318) 746-7717 or by e-mail at amiddlet@state.lib.la.us