CADDO-BOSSIER PARISH, LA (KSLA) - The American Red Cross has opened shelters in 3 locations in Shreveport-Bossier to accommodate those who have had to leave their homes due to high water from the Red River or the backwater flooding it's causing.
Residents have evacuated from homes in River Bluff, Cash Point RV Park in north Bossier, as have those who live in Les Maison and along Wells Island Road in north Shreveport and Perrin St. in Allendale.
A shelter for those who live in affected areas south of La. Highway 527 in Bossier Parish opened on June 1 at Elm Grove Elementary School at 1541 Old Highway 71.
Two more shelters were opened on Wednesday in Caddo Parish.
One shelter is at Southern University at Shreveport in the gym at 3052 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive.
A second Caddo Parish shelter was opened last week at LSU-S in the Red River Radio building near the main entrance to the campus, but has since been closed.
The Red Cross offers these reminders for essentials that anyone evacuating to a shelter should bring for each member of the family:
- Prescriptions and emergency medications
- Foods that meet unusual dietary requirements
- Identification to show residence is in affected area and important personal documents
- Extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies and other comfort items
- Supplies needed for children and infants, such as diapers, formula and toys
- Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled
- Chargers for any electronic devices you bring with you
- Books, games and other ways to entertain your family and yourself
- Public health regulations do not permit pets in shelters; service animals are permitted.
- With floodwaters expected to increase in the coming days, the Red Cross encourages our neighbors to prepare. Get a kit, make a plan, be prepared.
- Stay informed of flood warnings and reports of flooding in progress or other critical information from the National Weather Service.
- Be prepared to evacuate at a moment's notice.
- Stay away from floodwaters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off your feet.
- If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
- Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.
- Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood danger.
- Watch out for wildlife, especially poisonous snakes that may have come into your home with floodwater.