Following consecutive years of devastating floods in Bossier Parish, police jury officials are researching new, effective methods of flood protection and intervention to help find relief for parish residents and property in case of future flood events.
One possibility, a portable modular water barrier from Aqua Levee Fluid Diversion and Retention Systems, was demonstrated last week on the bank of Red Chute Bayou at Dogwood for a number of parish officials.
Aqua Levee consists of triangular cross-sections containing tube structures that are filled with water and joined to form a temporary artificial levee. Company officials said each six-feet long, two-feet high unit replaces approximately 120 sand bags.
Officials demonstrated how units might also be stacked to increase barrier height. Once the mission has been completed, water is drained from the Aqua Levee units with negative environmental impact.
Police jury officials said Aqua Levee has been successfully deployed in situations including the recent devastating floods in south Louisiana.
“We’re always looking for ways we can improve what we do to help the people in our parish during an emergency,” said parish engineer Butch Ford. “This is a very interesting method of flood control and it appears to have been effective in other situations. We will take a close look at it and see if it fits our needs and our budget.”