The rain that continues to inundate the North Louisiana area is bringing on a set of problems that we are all to familiar with in our region.

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That problem is flooding. With Cross Bayou at Cross Lake already seeing minor flooding and the potential for flooding around Wallace Lake and Lake Bistineau, now is the time to get proactive just in case we see the worst case scenario of Mother Nature's wrath.

All of Northwest Louisiana and much of east Texas and southwest Arkansas is under a flood watch through 4:00 pm Thursday, and forecasters with the National Weather Service in Shreveport say that an additional one to three inches of rain is possible in that time period, with a slight chance for as much as four inches of rain.

As our ground is now completely saturated, the likelihood of massive runoff of any additional rains could bring flooding of area waterways and low-lying areas.

Those who live in those areas prone to flooding know the drill all too well.

To help mitigate possible flooding issues, a number of local government entities are providing free sandbags for area residents.

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For Bossier Parish Residents

Officials with the Bossier Parish Police Jury highway department are providing free sandbags to parish residents at these locations:

  • Bossier Parish Highway Department (7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday) at 410 Mayfield in Benton
  • South Bossier Fire District #2 at 1325 Robinson Rd. in Elm Grove
  • Haughton Fire District #1 at 4494 Hwy 80 near Haughton
  • Town of Plain Dealing at 205 W. Palmetto in Plain Dealing
  • Town of Haughton at 120 W. McKinley Ave in Haughton

For Bossier City Residents

In Bossier City itself sandbags are available from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm each day at the Public Works Complex at 3223 Old Shed Road.

For Caddo Parish Residents

In Caddo Parish, the Caddo Parish Commission is providing a maximum of 20 sandbags per vehicle during the hours of 8:00 am to 3:30 pm at the Caddo Parish Fleet Services at 1701 Monty Street in Shreveport.

For Shreveport Residents

For Shreveport residents, up to a maximum of 20 sandbags can be picked up at the Streets and Drainage Facility at 1935 Claiborne Avenue between the hours of 8:00 am and 3:00 pm this week.

For DeSoto Parish Residents

For DeSoto Parish residents, up to 20 sandbags can be picked up at the Road Department at 424 Liberty Lane in Grand Cane.

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