BSO command center established near Lake Bistineau

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Courtesy Photo | The Bossier Sheriff's Office has set up a command center in the Lake Bistineau area at 5408 Highway 527 near the corner of Highway 527 and Fairview Point Rd. (at the former Bistineau Pizza, across the street from the American Legion).

Due to record flooding on Lake Bistineau and the anticipated duration of the high waters and flooding in the area, Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington has established an area command near the lake to help meet the needs of residents there.

Bossier Sheriff’s Office set up the area command Friday afternoon at 5408 Highway 527 near the corner of Highway 527 and Fairview Point Rd. (at the former Bistineau Pizza, across the street from the American Legion).

“Lake Bistineau has a large population of residents, and although they are accustomed to high water, this record level has made many residents isolated or cut off,” said Sheriff Whittington. “We have made constant checks on residents there throughout the flooding, but we want to have a presence as close as possible to the lake in order to be accessible to meet their needs and check on their welfare.”

The National Weather Service says this is the highest water level in recorded history for Lake Bistineau, cresting at 150.16 feet earlier this week and topping the previous record of 147.8 feet.

Water levels for Lake Bistineau remain extremely high at 147.7 feet as of Friday and are not expected to dip to major flood level until Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

The Bossier Sheriff’s Office will continue to maintain the South Bossier Mobile Command at the Red River South Travel Plaza on Highway 71 to help residents in the south Bossier and far south Bossier area who continue to deal with intense flooding.