Red River Could Crest Even Higher Than Expected
The National Weather Service is now predicting the Red River will crest at 34 feet on June 6. That's a foot higher than the previous prediction.
Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington has been working with parish and city officials on the latest flood-fighting strategies, especially for residents who live south of LA Highway 527 in south Bossier Parish.
According to a BSO news release, Whittington, Parish Engineer Butch Ford and others have assessed the Bossier Sheriff's Substation on Arthur Ray Teague Parkway and determined water will reach into the building. Sandbags were delivered to the facility and crews will place a perimeter around the building this weekend.
"I can't stress enough to folks who live in south Bossier Parish, especially in the low-lying areas, the impact this much water will have," Sheriff Whittington said. "Right now is the time to make plans to place sandbags around your property, move your livestock, or just prepare to relocate to higher grouhd. There will be flooding."
As of 8PM Friday, the river was at 29 feet and will continue to rise anywhere from 3/4 to one foot each day, until it crests next Saturday. Expect backwater flooding of bayous and waterways in south Bossier that feed into the Red, like Loggy Bayou, Flat River and Red Chute Bayou.
Officials will meet again Monday to further assess the situation and provide updates on flooding impact. For now, the sheriff recommends residents have an evacuation plan in place, move their livestock to higher ground and stock up on needed supplies.
Do remember that if you should encounter roadways covered with water, do not try to drive through it. If you need to move your livestock, you can contact Colton Wilkins at 401-6138. He's offered to arrange safely relocating livestock to his land on Highway 527.
Take a look at recent photos of the river, courtesy of the Bossier Sheriff's Office. You can see the difference in the water level in just a couple of days.