Bossier sheriff's substation on ART back open after Red River flood

Published: Oct. 23, 2015 at 1:19 AM CDT|Updated: Nov. 6, 2015 at 2:34 AM CST
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BOSSIER PARISH, LA (KSLA) - While most businesses that flooded when the Red River overflowed its banks have already reopened, Thursday was a big day for the Bossier Sheriff's substation on Arthur Ray Teague Parkway.

The substation is now back up and running after the Red took its toll on the building.

"The substation serves as a convenient location for residents in the southern part of the parish, and it gives folks a place to pay their taxes, court fees, fines and tickets without having to drive to the Viking Substation or Benton Courthouse," said Sheriff Julian Whittington.

The ART substation was closed back in May when the river kept rising, ultimately topping the banks of the sand bags that were placed well above the predicted crest.

Despite the preparations to keep the water out, which included more than 20,000 sand bags, about 4 feet of water made its way into the building.

Authorities say the facility sustained significant damage from the historic Red River flooding and had to be completely renovated.

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