Bossier residents urged to be watchful of the weather

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A flash flood watch has been issued through Thursday afternoon due to predicted widespread heavy rainfall in the north Louisiana region.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service believe heavier thunderstorms could bring an additional one to two inches of rain with up to three inches possible across east Texas and north Louisiana.

“With the additional rainfall we have already experienced and the forecast of more to come, we urge residents of Bossier Parish who live in low lying areas to be cautious and watch the water levels,” said Ian Snellgrove, director of the Bossier Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

As a precaution, more sandbags are being filled at the Bossier Parish police jury highway department maintenance complex at 410 Mayfield St. in Benton. Sandbags may be picked up from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Drivers are also cautioned to expect road flooding in areas with heavy rainfall or rainfall over an extended period. Snellgrove urged motorists to remember the safety campaign slogan, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.”