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History: Roads in south Bossier covered by back water

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The Bossier Banner’s January 21, 1932 issue reported that roads in the southern part of Bossier Parish were being covered by backwater caused by the heavy rains of preceding weeks.

“The prolonged rains of recent weeks have caused the ground to become moisture laden to the extent that all kinds of farming operations have been suspended. Bayous, creeks and all other streams are carrying a capacity volume of water, and many are out of their banks in all sections of the parish.”

“Back water from Red Chute is causing trouble on the paved highway leading through Ward One. Sunday motorists reported that the water was over the highway at four points between Curtis and Taylortown, and that it was giving trouble at other points below Taylortown.”

“Thus far North Louisiana has been spared any serious levee breaks and most of the trouble and worry have been caused by back water. Over in Mississippi several levees have broken and thousands of acres of valuable farm lands, several towns and a number of hamlets have been flooded.”

“Several rivers in South Louisiana are out of their banks, and their waters are inundating the low lying regions of the state. No serious trouble is anticipated in the norther part of the state, though the Red River has been threatening at several points during recent weeks.”

“Local records show that during the fifty-four days since Thanksgiving, up to and including Monday of this week, some rain has fallen during thirty days. On several occasions the downpour was literally a deluge, and it is believed that all records for rainfall have been broken during this period.”

“Clear weather Monday was indeed welcome. Saturday brought overcast skies and showers, and during that night the rain was heavy at intervals, though the weather was colder that day than it had been for several days prior.”

The weather is always a topic of discussion and early newspapers did a fairly good job of reporting it even without all the weather reporting devices that we have today. They relied on, in many cases, word of mouth for their reports. To discover other times when the streams overflowed and the Red River threatened to rise above flood level, come to the Bossier Parish Library Historical Center and browse through old newspapers.

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