The latest National Weather Service prediction stands. The Red River is expected to crest again in our area at 32.5 feet by July 1. That's roughly five feet lower than the 37.14 feet recorded during the last round of flooding.

Bossier Parish officials urge residents in areas that went underwater in mid-June to be prepared to deal with high water levels again.

When the Red measured slightly under 33 feet, floodwaters were beginning to cover Hwy. 537 in north Bossier Parish, and water had topped streets in the River Bluff subdivision.

"The areas in north Bossier Parish that went under water the last time will most likely see that happen again when the river crests," said Bossier Parish Administrator Bill Altimus in a news release. "The difference this time, we have gathered information to let us know what to expect."

Altimus adds the NWS reports the levels of bayous Dorcheat and Bodcau are receding and the level of Lake Bistineau is stable. He said the lower level of the river at Coushatta also helps.

Residents will still be able to pick up sandbags seven days a week at the police jury barn, located at 410 Mayfield Street in Benton, from 7AM to 3:30PM. Sandbags are also available at Elm Grove Elementary School and at the Tooke Memorial Library in Koran.

Here are a few updates from the latest briefing:

Three parish families received information on available flood damage assistance during Thursday’s Multi Agency Relief Center at the sheriff’s substation on Viking Dr. Also, 21 free tetanus shots were administered.

Flyovers are being conducted to keep an eye on the water levels of the Red and its tributaries in the area.

National Weather Service forecasters expect no significant rainfall in the Red River basin of Texas and Oklahoma that would impact the expected 32.5-foot crest. The river is still rising at Fulton, Ark., but is receding at Pecan Point.

Take a look at the latest Red River photos, courtesy of Bossier Sheriff's Lt. Bill Davis:

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