Damage assessment teams coming to Bossier Parish


A pair of damage assessment teams will be in Bossier Parish next week to view damage from last week’s storms that left trees down and homes damaged across the area.

Two-person teams from the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) and FEMA are scheduled to tour the stricken areas beginning Wednesday, according to Bossier Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Director Ian Snellgrove.

“This inspection and assessment is only to see if any of our residents that had damage qualifies for FEMA funding,” Snellgrove said. “This does not mean that aid is available now.”

Snellgrove said the governor’s office and Bossier Parish officials are trying to get whatever assistance is available within the system.

A preliminary damage assessment immediately following the storms showed 44 single family dwellings, 14 manufactured homes and 8 businesses were damaged to some degree.

A storm packing at least one tornado and extremely high straight-line winds cut through neighborhoods and rural areas of the parish last week. A large number of trees were reported down in Country Place, along Bellevue Rd. and in Dogwood and Tall Pine subdivisions.