Red River flood update – June 24

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Information received during the operational briefing at the Bossier Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness on Wednesday, June 24 included:BOHSEP logo

National Weather Service forecasters believe the Red River will crest at 32.5 feet around July 1 in Shreveport, approximately five feet below the level recorded during the recent round of flooding. Forecasters say the crest could be higher if weather conditions in the Red River basin in Texas and Oklahoma over the weekend result in significant rainfall.

According to the NWS, then leading edge of the flood wave that will see the Red River rise above flood stage again has reached the Spring Branch Ferry in southern Arkansas at the junction of the Red and Sulpher rivers.

No major backwater flooding is expected in south Bossier Parish; bayous Dorcheat and Bodcau appear to be receding. However, some flooding could occur on lakefront property and secondary roads along Lake Bistineau. Camp owners are urged to take precautions against high water effect on docks and boathouses.

Officials plan to keep an eye on Red River conditions upstream. Reservoirs to the north are full and any big rain event could send water downstream.

Results from Tuesday’s Multi Agency Resource Center show 29 of 36 families impacted by the recent flood waters have been served. One more MARC event is scheduled for Thursday, June 25 from 4-7 p.m. at the Bossier Sheriff’s substation on Viking Dr. Free tetanus shots will also be available.

Bossier Parish officials are watching the water levels closely after another crest above flood stage has been predicted for the Red River. Areas that flooded during the previous weeks are being closely monitored. As a precaution against potential high water, points of distribution for sandbags remain well-stocked.

Sandbags are still available at the parish police jury barn located at 410 Mayfield St. in Benton seven days per week from 7 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Assistance in loading the bags will be available. Individuals can also pick up sandbags at Elm Grove Elementary School and at the Tooke Memorial Library in Koran. Both locations are self service.