National Weather Service forecasters are sticking to their prediction that the Red River will crest at 32.5 feet by the first of July, roughly five feet lower than the 37.14 feet recorded during the latest round of flooding.
According to figures revealed during a Friday briefing at the Bossier Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, when the Red measured 32.99 feet, floodwaters were beginning to cover La. Hwy. 537 in north Bossier Parish, and water had topped streets in the River Bluff subdivision.
“The areas in north Bossier Parish that went under water the last time will most likely see that happen again when the river crests,” said Bossier Parish Administrator Bill Altimus. “The difference this time, we have gathered information to let us know what to expect.”
South Bossier Parish most likely will escape the type of flooding that came as the Red crested over 37 feet.
“The National Weather Service reported the levels of bayous Dorcheat and Bodcau are receding and the level of Lake Bistineau is stable,” Altimus said. “The lower level of the river at Coushatta also helps.”
As a precaution, Bossier Parish residents will still be able to pick up sandbags seven days a week at the police jury barn, located at 410 Mayfield St. in Benton, 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.
Other information from Friday’s briefing included:
- Three parish families received information on available flood damage assistance during Thursday’s Multi Agency Relief Center at the sheriff’s substation on Viking Dr. Also, 21 free tetanus shots were administered.
- Flyovers are being conducted to keep an eye on the water levels of the Red and its tributaries in the area.
- National Weather Service forecasters expect no significant rainfall in the Red River basin of Texas and Oklahoma that would impact the expected 32.5-foot crest. The river is still rising at Fulton, Ark., but is receding at Pecan Point.