BOSSIER PARISH, LA (KSLA) - The Bossier Levee District and other agencies are working together to put down sandbags around Red Chute Bayou as a precaution to combat rising water.
Bossier Parish inmates, Parish Police Jury crews and levee board workers started placing the sandbags down along the Guideline Levee Thursday morning near the Dogwood area.
Equipment was staged at the Bossier City fire department's training center on Shed Rd.
"We're getting ahead of the rising water on Red Chute and placing sandbags in certain areas on the levee will keep us ahead," Bossier City Fire Chief Brad Zagone said. "Right now, these are protective measures that will help if we got heavier rains than expected."
Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington stresses that the sandbag operation was merely a precaution against the potential of more heavy rains here and in the basin that feeds the bayous.
Bossier Levee District President Tim Larkin says the surrounding basins that feed into the bayou are all at capacity and any additional water could cause it to overflow.
"The reason we're doing it now is we can do it in a planned way. And kind of get ahead of any rise in the water that might happen in a short amount of time," said Larkin.
The decision to put the sandbags down was made with input from Bossier City, Bossier Parish, and Bossier Sheriff's Office, as well as other agencies.
"We have all had this emergency happen enough times to where everyone knows the role that they play," said Larkin. "It's really easy to know what you ought to do to minimize the impact of this."
Larkin says they are unsure if the bayou will flood, but they are monitoring it and want to be prepared just in case.