Shreveport Officials Prepare for Possible Red River Flooding
The City of Shreveport is hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst, as local and state officials monitor the rising Red River.
Shreveport Police and Fire Departments, Public Works, SPAR and Water and Sewerage are all prepared to move into action.
The Red River in Shreveport is expected to reach 31.5 feet by Sunday. But the city is preparing for an even higher level of flooding to ensure that equipment is ready to go. Three city parks -- C. Bickham Dickson, Hamel Memorial and Riverview -- have been closed until the water recedes.
"We want to ensure the safety of our citizens," said Mayor Ollie Tyler in a news release. "We are taking every precaution to prevent any incidents that could put citizens in harm's way."
City officials say additional bypass pumps and hoses are being ordered for the North Regional Water Treatment Plant, and the city is prepared to transport staff and diesel fuel by boat to the plant, which experienced high waters in June.
The protective berm at the Stoner Lift Station is being reinstated, and sandbagging of electrical equipment has taken place at Lucas Waste Water Treatment Plant and the Attaway Lift Station.
Public Works staff has already prepared nearly 3,000 sandbags ready for pickup at the Streets and Drainage yard, located at 3825 Mansfield Road. Crews are on standby to resume sandbagging operations, if needed.
For additional flooding information, visit the city's website, @cityshreveport on Twitter, or City of Shreveport - Mayor's Office on Facebook.