Sen. Vitter views flood damage in Bossier

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Photo by Lt. Bill Davis, Bossier Sheriff’s Office | Sen. David Vitter (left) tours a flooded neighborhood in Bossier Parish with Sheriff Julian Whittington (right).

Officials urge south Bossier residents to stay prepared for backwater flooding

Dozens of homes in Bossier Parish are flooded, others are struggling to stay dry, and numerous cabins, campers, vehicles and businesses are flooded as the Red River toppled 37 feet.

This morning, Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington showed U.S. Senator David Vitter the heavily flooded area in River Bluff subdivision and explained to him the flood damage from Plain Dealing all the way to south Bossier.  Vitter then sat in on the

Photo by Lt. Bill Davis, Bossier Sheriff’s Office | Col. (ret.) Gene Barattini of BOHSEP provides a brief to Bossier Parish officials and U.S. Senator David Vitter.
Photo by Lt. Bill Davis, Bossier Sheriff’s Office | Col. (ret.) Gene Barattini of BOHSEP provides a brief to Bossier Parish officials and U.S. Senator David Vitter.

morning brief at the Bossier Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness to hear about the flooding issues and concerns throughout all of Bossier Parish, just prior to conducting a news conference.

“You really understand the impact when you go around the flooded neighborhoods and see the flood infrastructure,” Vitter said.  “It really is very, very significant.”

Vitter said he was also impressed with “the enormous response here on the ground.  Everyone working their hearts out, working 24/7 each day and working very effectively together,” he said.

“We just saw how well it worked when I was able to sit in on the daily briefing here at this (Bossier) emergency response headquarters and the reporting, and the working together was seamless.  I really want to thank and compliment all of that leadership and all of the first responders,” Vitter said.

Bossier officials are encouraging anyone who has been impacted the flooding disaster to contact the Bossier Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness at (318) 425-5351.

Here are some flood updates for Bossier:

  • Some 2,000 livestock have been evacuated to higher ground.  Just Sunday, 65 head of cattle were moved across Highway 3 from Leflett Cattle Co. because of the flooding.

    Photo by Lt. Bill Davis, Bossier Sheriff’s Office | Residents in River Bluff subdivision maneuver through chest deep water.
    Photo by Lt. Bill Davis, Bossier Sheriff’s Office | Residents in River Bluff subdivision maneuver through chest deep water.
  • Sandbagging operations continue at the Benton and Bossier City locations.   Sand bags can be picked up at four locations:
    • Bossier Parish Highway Maintenance Barn, 410 Mayfield St. in Benton, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Bossier City Public Service Complex, 3223 Old Shed Road, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Elm Grove Elementary School on Highway 71 and Highway 154, anytime
    • Tooke Memorial Library,  451 Fairview Point Road, anytime
  • Officials continue to stress to south Bossier Parish residents to anticipate backwater flooding anywhere south of Highway 527 and Lake Bistineau.  The water continues to rise in the bayous and rivers in those areas, and officials are closely monitoring every tributary in south Bossier to see just how far and fast the water is rising.
  • Road closures:
    • La. 537 in north Bossier Parish from Pittman Road to Log Ferry Road.
    • La. 515 in south Bossier Parish from the Loggy Bayou Bridge in Red River Parish to U.S. 71 in Bossier Parish.
    • I-220 westbound lanes from I-20 to the Red River.  However, motorists traveling east on I-20 can exit onto I-220 westbound and then must exit onto Highway 80.  The Airline Dr. and Benton Rd. on-ramps on I-220 are closed, while the Swan Lake and Shed Road on- and off-ramps are still open.
    • I-220 eastbound is down to one lane.
    • Shreveport Barksdale Bridge off ramps to Arthur Ray Teague Parkway.
    • Arthur Ray Teague Parkway in Bossier City from just south of Shreveport-Barksdale Bridge to Centurylink Center.
    • Atkins Clark Road has water and is being monitored closely
    • Other roadways in south Bossier, such as Poole Road, Oil Field Road and even Highway 71, are also being closely monitored.
  • The evacuation shelter operated by the American Red Cross at Elm Grove Elementary School is open.
  • Please report any flood damage of your property by calling the BOHSEP at 425-5351.  Ensure you also take photographs and video of your damage and keep any receipts and documentation.