Bossier officials prepare for another round of rain

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Courtesy Photo | Members of the Bossier Parish Emergency Management Assessment Committee hear the long-range weather predictions from National Weather Service forecasters.

National Weather Service forecasters are predicting more of the same for Bossier Parish and most of northwest Louisiana with yet another frontal system bringing potentially severe weather to the area.

There’s a good chance heavy rains could begin Friday afternoon and evening, along with the possibility of severe weather including damaging winds and hail, NWS forecaster Bill Parker told members of the Bossier Parish Emergency Management Assessment Committee (PEMAC) Thursday.

“As we move into Saturday there should be heavy rainfall pretty much across the area,” Parker said. “We believe the front will push through and clear out by Sunday.”

Parker said north Louisiana could expect to receive from two to three inches of rain with four to six inches falling in the Red River basin of Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. That rainfall, he said, could have an impact on the Red River.

More rain is forecast for next Monday, Parker predicted, but he said the total would most likely be around one-half inch.

NWS hydrologist Craig Ross said water levels in Bossier Parish streams and bayous continue to drop slightly, but additional rainfall could cause a slight rise, he added.

“The soil remains saturated so we need to keep our noses to the ball for at least another month,” he said. “May historically is our wettest month of the year and we expect that trend to continue through mid-June. We don’t see this trend going away.”

With more rain in the forecast, parish officials urge residents to continue to keep an eye on water levels, especially those who live in flood-prone and low lying areas. Sandbags are being stockpiled for residents who want to take precautions against high water.

In Bossier Parish, sandbags are available at the police jury highway department maintenance complex, 410 Mayfield St. in Benton from 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. A self-service location for sandbags has been set up at the Haughton Fire Department station at 224 W. McKinley Ave.