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Bossier Parish Police Jury taking precautionary measures for possible winter storm

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Precautionary measures are being taken with an eye on National Weather Service forecasts predicting possible winter precipitation across the northern portion of northwest Louisiana over the next couple of days.

Parish Administrator Butch Ford told members of the Bossier Parish Police Jury Wednesday that the parish is prepared to implement its hazardous weather plan in light of forecasts of a potential ice storm later this week.

Ford said the parish winter storm plan was presented at a meeting earlier Wednesday with the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office, including information on staging areas for equipment that could be needed if the weather does take a turn for the worse.

“We received an email from DOTD this morning (Wednesday) that they’ll be pre-closing some of the interstate system, I-220. They still don’t know about (LA) Highway 3 (Benton Rd.), but they’ll let us know something tomorrow (Thursday),” he said.

A notice Wednesday afternoon from the DOTD advised motorists “…that with the possibility of winter weather coming, there is the possibility of closing I-49 north, I-49 urban at LA 526 and I-220. If warranted, the closures will begin Thursday about 2 p.m., the advisory noted.

Ford said the parish is preparing to place salt or sand on parish roads and bridges if necessary.

In other business at Wednesday’s meeting, police jury members:

  • Approved the site plan and plat of the proposed development of Ivey subdivision. (Located in front of Ivey’s Building Material Center on Highway 80.)
  • Accepted resignation of Charles “Wes” Shepherd from the Benton-Parish Metropolitan Planning Commission Board of Adjustment effective immediately.
  • Appointed Sage Easter to the Benton-Parish Metropolitan Planning Commission Board of Adjustment, to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Charles “Wes” Shepherd, term to expire April 1, 2025.
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