High Water and Downed Trees Cause Problems
High water on roadways and downed trees have been a common occurance with the weather system that’s been pounding the Ark-La-Tex since yesterday morning. Caddo/Bossier Emergency Preparedness Director Sandy Davis says there’s a simple explanation for all of the downed trees — last year’s drought either killed them or greatly weakened their root structure. Couple that with the saturated ground — add in a little bit of wind — and down they came. High water has closed a number of roadways but, fortunately, nobody has been swept away by it. If they had been, though, a group of specially-trained Shreveport firefighters would have been called into action. Fire Chief Craig Mulford says, since 2009, about 20 firefighters have been trained in swift-water rescue.