Volunteers organize events to help flood victims

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Three one-stop events to be held starting this Saturday

Bossier officials are teaming with Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) to join forces with more than a dozen other agencies to open a Multi-Agency Resource Center for anyone impacted by the Red River flooding.
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Charities and non-profit organizations are coming together to assist Bossier Parish residents impacted by the Red River flood event, and they are going to different areas all throughout the parish to render aid.  Bossier officials are also providing a one-stop location on three different days where residents can also come get the help they need.

Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington is providing the Bossier Sheriff’s Office Substation on at 2510 Viking Drive Substation as a one-stop MARC for residents impacted by the recent Red River Flood event.   While this assistance is not part of any FEMA operation, it is a gap measure where the community is stopping up to help its own by citizens helping one another.

These are the three dates:

  • Saturday, June 20, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  (Tetanus shots also given)
  • Tuesday, June 23, 4 – 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 25, 4 – 7 p.m. (Tetanus shots also given)

Residents will be offered free flood water cleaning supplies, commonly called “mud-out kits,” and an opportunity to meet one-on-one with local charity services, area assistance agencies and nonprofits, which can assist with food needs, cleaning debris, salvage belongings, mold remediation and spiritual support.

If your home (owned or rental) was damaged during the recent flood, or if you were impacted directly by the flood through evacuation of your residence, this is an opportunity for you to receive immediate assistance from these organizations.  Tetanus shots will also be given on June 20, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., and June 25, 4 – 7 p.m., at the Viking Drive Substation.

Officials also recommend residents report their damages or evacuation status to the Bossier Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness at (318) 425-5351or www.bossierparish.la prior to attending a MARC event.  Also, please bring proof of residence in the impacted area, since this assistance center is designed for those residents impacted in Bossier Parish for this flood incident.

 

Here are other Bossier flooding updates:

  • Bossier Sheriff’s Office has closed the River Bluff and South Bossier Parish command centers, but will stay on standby as they monitor the impact of Tropical Depression Bill.
  • Bossier deputies continue to patrol the areas affected by the flooding to ensure public safety.
  • Officials continue to monitor the levees and water levels in South Bossier.
  • An estimated 310,000 sand bags were used in Bossier Parish to fight flooding.
  • Residents are asked to hold on to their sand bags until the impact of any rain or additional flooding which may occur because of Tropical Depression Bill.
  • Residents will have to receive a permit by the City of Bossier or Bossier Parish to get their electric meters back in service, but officials say that fees will be waived for these permits.   You can also contact AEP-SWEPCO (888) 216-3523.