Bossier City and Parish officials are continuing to monitor the movement of Tropical Storm Harvey as it moves into south Louisiana. The National Weather Service forecast calls for 4-6 inches of rain in Northwest Louisiana through Friday with heavier amounts possible in isolated areas and residents are advised to prepare for possible flash flooding. Bossier City and Bossier Parish will continue to provide sandbags to residents at the following locations:
- Bossier City Public Service Complex, 3223 Old Shed Rd. from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
- Bossier Parish Highway Maintenance Facility, 410 Mayfield St. in Benton from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Sandbags will be available for self-serve pickup at these locations:
- South Bossier Fire District 2, 1325 Robinson Road, just off Highway 154.
- Haughton – Haughton Fire District 1, 4494 U.S. Highway 80.
- Haughton – Town of Haughton, 120 W. McKinley Ave.
- Plain Dealing – Town of Plain Dealing, 205 W. Palmetto.
Bossier officials are encouraged that some forecast models show Harvey will in a more easterly direction which would reduce the amount of rainfall and gusty winds predicted for the area at this time, however plans for a flood response at the city and parish levels remain in effect and emergency crews stand ready to respond if needed.
Should the Bossier area be faced with flooding conditions from Harvey, residents are advised to:
- Stay off area roadways.
- Avoid walking or driving through flood waters.
- Keep clear of drainage ditches.
- Do not drive over bridges that are over fast-moving floodwaters. Floodwaters can scour foundation material from around the footings and make the bridge unstable.
- Monitor local media reports for weather information.