No warning signs to go up along Red River

By Tracy Clemons – bio|email

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA)- Six months after the Red River Tragedy that claimed the lives of six teenagers, Shreveport mayor Cedric Glover says there will be no warning signs put up.

"I think going back to the very beginning, that's one of those, from my perspective, reactionary things that you want to do because it feels good, gives you a sense of being able to say we've done something that we think will address the problem," Glover says.

He says it's not as simple as just buying a sign and plopping it in the ground.

"The way, the manner, and the method by which you would go about doing that is one that is, we think, impractical, unworkable, and does not represent the kind of thing that we would look to move forward on."

Mayor Glover tells us it took some reflection and conversations with other officials to realize moving forward with signs could create too many questions with no answers. For example, do you put the signs in low water or high water?

"Do you place them 50 feet apart? Do you place them 100 feet apart? Do you place them 500 feet apart? Do you start at the state line where the Red River comes into the state of Louisiana?" he says.

We caught up with Rev. Emmitt Welch. He mentored the three Warner siblings who drowned in August.

"One child lost is one child too many, and if we can prevent it from happening again, I don't understand why we don't," Welch chides.

Warning signs wouldn't guarantee that such a tragedy happen again, but he says some kind of preventive measure needs to be in place.

"If not put signs up, we ought to patrol that area frequently to make sure people are being safe up and down that river."

Mayor Glover adds that any place water flows is a danger to swimmers, so if signs were to go up on the river, they'd need to go up at every body of water.

He tells us a better solution is training more young people how to swim. The Stewart-Warner Project Swim Fund is set up to provide free lessons. For more information, click the link below.

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