Bossier Parish flood damage could reach $10 million


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Photo by Dep. Josh Cagle, Bossier Sheriff's Office

Damage to roads, bridges and private property in Bossier Parish caused by historic flooding from heavy rains last month could run between $8 and $10 million dollars.

Parish Engineer Butch Ford told members of the Bossier Parish Police Jury last week those figures are the result of flood damage assessments that have been completed. But, he added, the total could increase.

“We’re pretty close but there will still be some to come in,” he said. “It appears we had around 175 homes that were flooded.”

Bossier Parish infrastructure was especially hard hit by the floods, Ford said.

“Mark (Coutee, parish director of public works) is still finding problems,” he told jury members. “There are sinkholes on roads that were topped by water and we’re having to make emergency repairs.”

Some damage from the 2016 flooding may not become apparent until two to three years later, Ford said. Roadway pavement has been compromised and damage will slowly appear as large, heavy trucks move over the roads, he explained.

Ford said forecasters at the National Weather Service called last month’s flooding a 1,000 year event. In and around the Barksdale Air Force Base and Haughton areas, 19 and a half inches of rain was reported in a 96-hour period.

“It was a very unusual event,” he said. “Some south Bossier Parish people are just not able to get back into their homes.”

For those who still may not have reported flood damage, Ford said the FEMA disaster assistance center at the Bossier City public safety training complex on Shed Rd. is still up and running.

“They will be here about another 30 days,” he said.

In other business, police jury members:
-Approved abandonment of lots in Rosedale Park subdivision.
-Approved the plat of proposed development of Willow Heights subdivision, unit 1.
-Heard a report from the jury’s juvenile committee concerning a potential state law to no longer consider 17-year-olds adult offenders.
-Approved a request to lease parish property located on Timber Ridge Dr.
-Approved a beer license at Pinky’s on Sligo Rd. which had received approval from the sheriff’s office and the health department.
-Adopted a proclamation naming April, 2016 as Fair Housing Month in Bossier Parish.
-Adopted a resolution urging the state legislature to oppose any reduced funding for University Health, the LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine, Southern University Shreveport and LSU Shreveport.
-Accepted Innovation Drive at the Bossier Parish School for Technology and Innovative Learning into the parish road system.
-Approved a certificate of substantial completion on the Eastwood drainage project.
-Approved an amendment to a inspection services contract with Beast Engineering, LLC.