With additional rain still in the forecast for the area, Bossier City and parish officials are implementing precautionary plans to combat rising waters on Red Chute Bayou that are expected to remain high until late March.
During a strategic planning session Wednesday, Bossier City Fire Chief Brad Zagone told city and parish leaders that sandbags are already being delivered to strategic locations on the Red Chute levee in the Dogwood area. Equipment is being staged at the fire department’s training center on Shed Rd.
“We’re getting ahead of the rising water on Red Chute and placing sandbags in certain areas on the levee will keep us ahead,” Zagone said. “Right now, these are protective measures that will help if we got heavier rains than expected.”
Parish Police Jury crews, along with levee board workers and inmates from the Bossier Parish prison, will lend assistance in placing sandbags. Crews will work seven days per week, beginning Thursday, to lay the bags.
“We want to stress the point that this sandbag operation is merely a precaution against the potential of more heavy rains here and in the basin that feeds the bayous,” Sheriff Julian Whittington said. “We’re using the experience we learned from previous years.”