Today, leaders from throughout Bossier Parish met at the Bossier Emergency Operations Center to coordinate continue monitoring of the Red River rising waters and update their community response plans.
Based on information from the National Weather Service, the Red River is forecasted to reach a height of 31 feet by Sunday, January 2, 2016 and then slowly begin a gradual lowering.
While this projected crest should not reach the impacts seen in the historic May-June 2015 when rising water reach the historic 80-year flood level, Bossier Parish and Bossier City leaders are still taking precautionary flood control measures including plugging culverts along the ART Parkway to prevent backflow from the Red River from inundating the east side of the parkway including areas near the Red River Wastewater Treatment Plant and the Northwest Louisiana War Veterans Home.
Residents along Lake Bistineau are advised that the lake will rise and they should take precautions associated with high water on the lake for those low lying areas that are subject to minor flooding. Estimates at this time are that the Lake Bistineau will rise to 142.5 feet or 1.5 feet above the spillway.
Sandbags will be available for pick up at the Bossier Parish Highway Department Maintenance Barn at 410 Mayfield St. in Benton this week through Thursday between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The sandbags will be available parish wide to any Bossier resident as a precautionary measure.
Bossier leaders will remain in communication with the National Weather Service to get the latest available information and continue to plan, organize and monitor the rising Red River.