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Caddo Parish to Use FirstCall for Emergency Notifications

Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator says residents who live in areas that could be affected by flooding will receive an automated phone message today from the Caddo Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

It will come from the FirstCall Network, an automated warning system that pushes messages out to fixed lists of residents or geographic areas within Caddo’s jurisdiction. The notification automatically goes to landlines associated with an address. CLICK HERE to register your cell number.

The sheriff, who also serves as COHSEP director, says messages are planned for neighborhoods in the Haven, Les Maisons, Wells Island Road, Dixie Garden Road, Russell Road and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive near McCain Creek.

“We are not expecting any flooding inside residences, but there will be street flooding, if they aren’t experiencing that already,” said Sheriff Prator in a news release. “We know our citizens are keeping a close eye on how the flood may affect their neighborhoods, and we want to make sure they are prepared for all possibilities.”

This is the message residents will hear:

“This is an advisory message for residents in your area from the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and the City of Shreveport.

The Red River in Shreveport will be approaching major flood stage over the next several days and is forecasted to crest at a gauge height of 34 feet by Saturday, June 6th. We do not anticipate seeing water in any homes at this level, however there is the possibility of rising waters in your streets. We recommend that all drainage ditches and culverts are cleared of debris and that residents take extreme caution around floodwaters.

No evacuations are being called for at this time, however please make necessary preparations as this situation could change. Family planning and preparedness information can be found at ready.gov.

Monitor local news media for current updates and dial 911 in emergency situations.”

Additionally, both the parish and the city have extended the hours citizens can pick up sandbags from public facilities. Sandbags are available at the following locations:

Caddo Public Works Fleet Services
1701 Monty Street, Shreveport,
Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Phone: 226-6936, extension 7

Caddo Public Works (South)
11928 Greenwood-Springridge Road
Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Phone: 925-9558

Caddo Public Works (North)
108 Finley Drive, Vivian,
Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Phone: 375-2464

* Limit 20 bags at parish locations

City of Shreveport Streets and Drainage
3825 Mansfield Road
Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Phone: 673-6330

* Limit 20 bags per household and 50 per business as long as supplies last

 

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