OEP: Clean up efforts continue in Bossier Parish

BOSSIER PARISH, LA (KSLA) - The Caddo-Bossier Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness held an update news conference Wednesday morning.

Officials discussed measures being taken in both North and South Bossier to clear flood waters and remove debris from last Thursday's storms that hit the Ark-La-Tex.

Emergency Preparedness officials have now officially closed the Dogwood Trail Bridge. The bridge is expected to be closed for the next two weeks.

Emergency crews are also still putting sandbags and plastic on top of the Dogwood Trail levee to fill in potholes.

Officials have also restricted access to the Red Chute levee. To make sure that traffic is limited to the Red Chute levee, Wildlife and Fisheries officers will be setting up checkpoints to make sure people stay away from that area.

In South Bossier, crews are still out sandbagging Hwy. 71, which according to officials is now six inches under water. Crews are also out on Houston St., near Lake Bistineau, reworking homes in that area.

Poole Rd, Hwy. 154, Hwy. 157 and Levee Board Rd. are still completely under water. Officials say that Loggy Bayou is flowing, but flowing very slowly.

Sandbags are still available for residents who need them at Hwy. 157 and Sligo Rd. and at the South Elm Grove command stations.

The Bossier Parish administrator announced that debris removal efforts began Tuesday and will continue until about Sunday or next Monday for the Marywood, South Marywood, and Eastwood areas of Bossier Parish.

Crews are also still removing debris from the Greenacres and Brownlee Subdivisions as well.

Bossier Parish officials advise residents that Stockwell Rd. from Ellington Way to Coy Rd. remain closed to traffic in order to accommodate heavy machinery and vehicles that are being used for sandbagging the Red Chute levee.

Residents needing to access the neighborhoods north of that location along Stockwell Road can use Ellington Way west to Middle Creek Blvd. north to Coy Roy east to Stockwell Road.

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