With river levels rising and more rain in the forecast, Governor John Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency for several parishes including Caddo and Bossier. The National Weather Service predicts the Red River in Shreveport will crest today at 31 feet, which is just below the 'moderate flood level' of  31.5 feet.

However, with heavy rain storms expected today and tomorrow, the Red could rise to dangerous levels. State Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says that with the river rising to flood levels, residents and especially farm owners in our area should prepare for potential flooding. Caddo Sheriff's Deputies have already had to rescue cattle in the Twelve Mile Bayou Area.

Shreveport Mayor Ollie Tyler said during the City Council work session on Monday that the City is monitoring the rising river levels and is coordinating with local Homeland Security Director and Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator to keep citizens safe.

If you still need sandbags to protect your property, there are several locations where you can get them in Caddo and Bossier. The bags will be at the below locations through Thursday.

In Bossier Parish:

• Parish Police Jury Highway Department Maintenance Facility, 410 Mayfield St., Benton
• South Bossier Fire District #2, 3551 Highway 527, Elm Grove.
• Haughton Fire District #1, 4494 Highway 80, Haughton.
• Town of Plain Dealing, 205 W. Palmetto.
• Town of Haughton, 120 W. McKinley Ave.
• Bossier City, Public Service Complex, 3223 Old Shed Road.

In Caddo Parish:

Caddo Parish Solid Waste Office, 1701 Monty Street, Shreveport, LA 71107. Sandbags may be picked up beginning at 7am until 5pm.  Citizens may pick up to 25 bags per visit.