Preparing for severe weather event

By Ben Wolf - bio|email

SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER (KSLA) - Dozens of local and state officials met at the Caddo-Bossier Homeland Security Office this afternoon.

The goal: prepare for the worst and hope for the best.

Shreveport-Bossier Homeland Security Director Sandy Davis tells KSLA News 12 they are preparing for anywhere between 3 to 8+ inches of rain tomorrow.

They will have a conference call with the National Weather Service tomorrow morning followed by another meeting with key area personnel in the afternoon.

Davis predicts the problem areas in Caddo could be the MLK neighborhood and near Wallace Lake off Mansfield road.

He says the Red Chute area and south Bossier should provide most of the problems on the other side of the river.

As for sandbags, Davis says if your house hasn't flooded before, it probably won't flood during this event, so only use them if you absolutely need them.

"If we look at historical events like Atlanta in recent weeks, folks got out, got into trouble and we wound up with significant fatalities and that's what we are trying to prevent here," said Davis.

Things to keep in mind during this severe rain event: make sure you have flashlights and batteries, water, your prescription medicines, cash, non-perishable food, and extra changes of clothes available.

Emergency officials urge you to stay out of flood waters.

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