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Since last week city leaders tell me they’ve been proactively accessing drainage ditches around the area.

Caddo parish as a whole is known to flood when we receive high amounts of rainfall.

Officials in and around the parish tell me some flooding cannot be prevented since we are in a fishbowl per say, but some areas can be prevented.

“Our parish Public Work crews are out accessing our drainage areas and our culverts making sure they are free of any large debris items, trash, branches, or anything that will impede water flow,” says Krystle Grindley, PIO Caddo Parish.

“It’s no secret that whenever we have a heavy amount of rain in Bossier City, we do have an amount of street flooding. It doesn’t usually get into structures, but with the possibility of receiving several inches that could be a different story,” says Mark Natale, PIO City of Bossier.

“We had a Caddo Parish maintenance crew out in the southern part of the parish for the past couple of days down in Keithville digging out some ditches there. We have crews in all parts of the district, the seven parish district cleaning out catch basins, which are the storm drains,” says Erin Buchanan, PIO DOTD.

The Public Works Director for the city of Shreveport tells me, “everyone not working on sandbag and other emergency efforts are working on clearing ditches,” says Mike Wood 

In the event something happens where you need emergency response, call 911 first.

Dispatchers will then send out who is needed to access the situation.

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