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Sand bags still available in parts of Ark-La-Tex

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The City of Shreveport says bags are available Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. and residents need to have proof they live within the city limits. You can pick up the bags at the city's Streets and Drainage facility at 3825 Mansfield Road. Each resident may have 25 bags free of charge. For more information, call 673-6932.

In Caddo Parish, sandbags are being distributed in two locations. Residents in the north of the parish can go to the Caddo Parish Public Works North Camp at 108 Finley Drive in Vivian between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Call (318) 375-2464 for more information. Residents in the southern part of the parish can go to the Caddo Parish Public Works South Camp at 11928 Greenwood Springridge Road between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Call (318) 925-9558.

In Bossier Parish, Director of Public Safety Sammy Halphen says sand bags are available from 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. from now through Thursday. The free sand bags can be picked up at the highway department's facility, located at 410 Mayfield St. in Benton. You can call the highway department at 965-3752 for more information.

The City of Bossier City is not distributing sandbags at this time.

Texarkana, Arkansas residents should stop by the City Barn to pick up left over sand bags. Residents are limited to 10 sand bags. If more are needed, it's a cost of $2.50 per bag. A spokesman for the City of Texarkana says that if people need sand bags, then they should call City Hall at 870-779-4971.

The rain that fell across parts of the Ark-La-Tex early Tuesday morning was a precursor to much heavier storms expected to hit the area sometime on Tuesday afternoon, bringing with it the chance of flash floods and flooding in the area. The sand bags are just one step to take to ensure you're prepared for the storm, keeping you, your family and your home safe.

It is important to have a plan of escape that you can carry out before you have to be rescued. If there is a possibility of a flash flood and you are in an easily flooded area, move to higher ground immediately. Be aware of streams, drainage channels, the river and other areas known to flood. If you have to leave, turn off utilities and unplug electrical appliances. But remember, do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.

Your family may not be together when severe weather strikes so have a plan in advance on how you will contact one another and where you will meet.

If you are driving or walking when severe weather hits:

  • Do not drive unless it is absolutely necessary.
  • If you see a flooded road ahead, turn around and find another way – it can be hard to tell just how deep the water really is.
  • If there is no other route or if your car stalls, get to higher ground and wait for the waters to subside. Six inches of water can cause your car to swept off the road or even stall it.
  • These waters aren't just dangerous to drivers, parents don't let your kids play in drainage ditches.
  • No one should attempt to walk through flooded areas. It only takes six inches of water to make you fall.
  • If your home has flooded in the past, it could happen again. If you think your home may flood, you can move your appliances and important items to higher ground to prevent damage. You should place all appliances including furnaces, water heaters, washers and dryers on blocks at least 12 inches above projected flood levels. If your electrical outlets could be underwater, cut off electrical service at the main breaker. Clear drains, ditches and gutters to make sure your yard directs water away from your home.

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