The National Weather Service reported that the Red River is expected to crest at 35.5 feet on Saturday, June 6, 2015, due to above-normal rainfall in the Red River Basin and high waters flowing into the Red River from Texas and Oklahoma tributaries. High levels of water could be expected until the end of July or early August.
As the Red River continues to rise, the bayous and waterways in South Bossier which feed into the Red River will see backwater flooding, including Loggy Bayou, Flat River, and Red Chute Bayou. Officials believe backwater flooding from where Loggy Bayou meets the Red River could occur as far north as LA Highway 527 and possibly even further north.
Areas of concern where flooding could make roadways impassable are:
-Cash Point RV Park, Cash Point Road off Benton Road, north of Bossier City, mandatory evacuation.
-River Bluff subdivision off Benton Road, north of Bossier City, power shut off to subdivision at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, flooding, but no evacuation order.
As Mother Nature continues to run her course, Troopers urge motorists to us extreme caution while traveling on state and local roadways in the affected areas.
Here are some safety tips for motorists to keep in mind if their commute brings them through any of the affected areas:
- Don’t drive into flooded areas.
- Don’t drive around road closure barricades.
- If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground, when water is not moving or not more than a few inches deep. (You and the vehicle can be swept away very quickly.)
- If your vehicle is trapped in fast moving or rapidly flowing water, stay in the vehicle and if the water is rising inside the vehicle, seek refuge on the roof.
- Stay away from downed power lines and electrical wires. (Electrical current can travel through water.)
- Stay tuned to local TV and radio stations for the most current weather and roadway information.
- Pre-plan your trip by finding an alternate route so that you can safely avoid the flooded areas.
- Check your vehicle prior to driving and keep the fuel tank full to ensure that your vehicle can safely make the trip.
If you encounter a roadway that is flooded or a stranded motorists that needs assistance, you can contact Louisiana State Police Troop G by dialing *LSP (*577) on your cellular phone. Troopers encourage all citizens to be pro-active, follow these simple tips, and report all incidents. Pro-active citizens can be our greatest asset during a weather event of this magnitude.