BOSSIER PARISH, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Residents in South Bossier could be impacted by rising water over the next few days as runoff flows south and more rain is expected.
After a briefing Friday morning, officials with the Bossier Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness headed to the Sligo Road area and south, which Bossier Parish Lt. Bill Davis said could see the brunt of any flooding.
As a result, and Bossier Parish issued a voluntary evacuation notice to residents on Cane Bend Drive and Welch Drive off of Mayflower Road, which could see flooding as water is expected to rise in the next 24 hours. Davis says access to some homes will likely be an issue and robo-calls are going out to those who live in those areas off of Mayflower Road requesting the voluntary evacuation.
It’s the same area where water got into homes during the flooding in October of 2009. Davis says emergency preparedness officials are assessing the situation in that area and will be letting residents who might be affected know that they might have issues getting in and out of the neighborhood.
Officials are closely monitoring the water levels of Red Chute Bayou and Flat River as some of those waterways are rising, especially as water heads south.
Earlier this afternoon, we had a chance to talk with a South Bossier resident who is ready for the flooding. In 2016, he didn’t have any insurance. “We got good insurance this time. I told my wife that if it floods again I am going to leave and turn it over to a contractor,” said Dick Ervin, Welch Road resident.
A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for most areas south of I-30 through Saturday. Due to the heavy rain this week, it won’t take much rain for runoff to make its way into streets and produce flash flooding.
See the latest forecast and updates here.
Up to five inches of rain early Thursday has added to amounts flowing southward through Red Chute Bayou and Flat River. The wild card in the predictions is the amount of rain that could come through the region late Friday into Saturday as another weather front moves through. The current forecasts are calling for anywhere from 1 to 2 inches of rain in the area through noon Sunday, with a possibility of a bit more in the southern region.
The NWS forecasts the Red River to crest at 31 feet by this weekend; current level as of 2 p.m. Friday was 30.73 feet, and minor flood stage is 30 feet. NWS forecasts Lake Bistineau to crest this weekend at 144 feet.
Davis says livestock owners who have not already done so are urged to be prepared to move their animals to higher ground. Lower holding areas and grazing lands have begun to take on water.
Drivers are also reminded to use extra caution where there is water on the roadway by slowing down and not driving through areas where water is covering the road.
Those who find themselves needing to evacuate are reminded to be mindful of their pets, make sure to take necessary medications, and tell neighbors or family members. In an emergency, Davis says please don’t hesitate to contact the Bossier Sheriff’s Office at 965-2203.
Individuals wanting to meet the threat of rising waters with sandbags may pick up what they need at several locations including the Police Jury highway department at 410 Mayfield in Benton (965-3752) and other locations.
Sandbag containers are located in South Bossier Fire District #2, 1325 Robinson Rd. in Elm Grove (987-2555); Haughton Fire District #1, 4494 Hwy 80, Haughton (949-9440); Town of Plain Dealing, 205 W. Palmetto in Plain Dealing; and the Town of Haughton, 120 W. McKinley Ave., Haughton (949-9401).
An additional sandbag site is being established at Elm Grove Elementary School and will be a self-serve facility and remain available as needed. Bossier Parish Police Jury crews will be working overnight throughout the weekend to continue replenishing supplies and meeting emergency needs.
Power outage updates
As of Friday afternoon, Bossier Parish had fewer than 900 customers without power, but homes should have power restored by Saturday evening, according to SWEPCO officials. The company is closely monitoring flooding and neighborhoods or businesses where water is rising.
Officials said the company may have to de-energize power for safety reasons. SWEPCO teams are keeping a close eye on trouble areas from the flood years of 2015 and 2016. One concern is continued rain in the area and high winds that may topple trees onto power lines.