NORTHWEST LOUISIANA (KSLA) - As severe storms move closer to the ArkLaTex, officials are monitoring water levels for possible flooding.
Earlier this week Caddo Parish and Bossier Parish officials held meeting to discuss weather forecasts and to make sure resources were put in place in case of flooding.
Public boat Launches along the Red River are closed at this time.
"If they don't look safe, just don't go," said Sgt. Chad Davis, Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office marine unit. "Granted, all the public launches are closed and the river is unsafe but there are still some people that go out on the river.
The biggest concern for them was Wallace Lake and the Red River where they believe minor flooding could occur.
On Tuesday, the Bossier Parish Police Jury issued a warning for property and boat owners on Cypress Lake and Black Bayou. Residents and owners are asking people to secure their boats or move them to boathouses. Items on piers should be moved or secured.
"The way the water is flowing now, it can easily turn you over," Sgt. Davis said. "The water is rushing so fast right now, so if you get hung up, say you get on a bridge pylon or hung up in some brush or something, then the water will actually turn your upside down and it will capsize your boat."
Meantime, sandbags are being made available.
In Bossier Parish, they are at the Bossier Parish Police Jury maintenance facility at 410 Mayfield St. in Benton. It is open from 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday unless an emergency is declared.
Sandbags also are available at four satellite locations throughout Bossier Parish:
- South Bossier Fire District 2, 3551 Louisiana Highway 527 in Elm Grove, (318) 987-2555;
- Haughton Fire District 1, 4494 U.S. Highway 80 in Haughton, (318) 949-9440;
- Town of Plain Dealing, 205 W. Palmetto St.; and,
- Town of Haughton, 120 W. Mckinley Ave., (318) 949-9401.
In Caddo, sandbags can be picked up at the City of Shreveport Streets and Drainage/ Public Works Department, 3825 Mansfield Road.
They also can be picked up at the Caddo Parish Fleet Services Department, 1701 Monty St.
Pickup times are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Self pickup is available after 4 p.m. at the Caddo Parish location.
In Marshall, Texas, residents can pick up sandbags until 4 p.m. at the Marshall Convenience Station, 2300 5 Notch Road.
Marshall residents must provide proof of residency by showing a driver’s license or water bill. There is a 10 bag limit.
The KSLA First Alert Weather Team will continue to be your First Alert on the potential for severe weather and heavy rain this week.
Here’s how you can stay up to date with the latest forecast: