Bossier officials give update on regional flooding

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Flooding from heavy rains that moved through the area Tuesday afternoon has forced the evacuation of 30 families from a Bossier Parish subdivision, according to officials with the Bossier Unified Command.

Gene Barattini, assistant director of the Bossier Parish Homeland Security and Office of Emergency Preparedness, said the evacuation was ordered when high waters hit the Fox Chase subdivision in Haughton.

“Senior officers on site determined it was best to assistant residents evacuate their homes as a precaution against the rising waters,” Barattini said.

Officials said the American Red Cross had established a shelter at First Baptist Church in Haughton. Barattini said no injuries had been reported.

“We would urge people to stay away from the impacted area since this is a developing situation,” Barattini said. “But we would also urge individuals who want to volunteer their services to the Red Cross to do so.”

Individuals can call 865-9545 to volunteer services or other assistance.

Barattini said the combined efforts of law enforcement, first responders, emergency responders, the office of homeland security and Red Cross helped initiate actions quickly. Haughton police and Bossier Parish deputies used high-water vehicles and boats to help with the evacuation.

Bossier Parish police jury public works employees provided sandbags during the day and have continued to keep more sandbags on hand.

NWS has extended the FLASH FLOOD WARNING until 1 a.m. There are dozens of roadways through the entire parish that have been affected by high waters and flooding. If you don’t need to be out, please stay home. If you are driving and come across high water, turn around; DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DRIVE THROUGH IT.

Deputies have rescued people from two cars thus far that were stranded in high water. DRIVE AROUND, DON’T DROWN.