Crews prepare for flooding in Natchitoches Parish

Flooding not nearly as bad as that in 2015
Louisiana Highway 120 near Interstate 49 in Cypress is closed due to flooding. (Source: KSLA News 12)
Louisiana Highway 120 near Interstate 49 in Cypress is closed due to flooding. (Source: KSLA News 12)

NATCHITOCHES PARISH, LA (KSLA) - Emergency preparedness crews are keeping a close eye on Red River in Natchitoches Parish.

The river there is expected to rise to a major flood stage of 39 feet by Wednesday.

As of Monday morning, flooding closed Louisiana Highway 120 at Cypress in Natchitoches Parish.

When floodwaters hit major flood stage, backwater flooding will affect Bayou Pierre, Black and Saline Bayous as well as the Cane River Lake tributaries.

To prepare, sandbags are being made and offered for those in the line of flooding.

"Looking at the weather right now, I think we might be in a bind. The river is going to kind of run over a little bit, so the people are really going to be coming, wanting bags," said Michael Braxton, the Natchitoches public works director.

"So we are preparing ourselves. We've got some inmate crews on tack with us. We've got city employees here. So we've got about 25-30 people working with bags. So we're going to try to be sure we accommodate everybody."

Anyone in need of sandbags can pick them up between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Natchitoches public works building on Rapides Drive in Natchitoches.

Public works crews also are out addressing drainage issues in the city.

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