TRAFFIC ALERT: LSP releases new details on I-20 flooding closures

TRAFFIC ALERT: LSP releases new details on I-20 flooding closures

BOSSIER PARISH, LA (KSLA) - Flooding has caused road closures for portions of I-20 stretching from Bienville Parish to Bossier Parish.

Eastbound I-20 is closed at I-220 in Bossier City due to flooding in the area. Congestion has reached Industrial Drive.

The interstate also is closed both east- and westbound between Exit 61 (Gibsland/Athens Exit) and Exit 55 (Ada/Taylor Exit) in Bienville Parish near Hwy. 80, according to Louisiana State Police spokesman Matt Harris. Eastbound drivers will be rerouted westbound.

DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office said U.S. 80 between Gibsland and ADA/Taylor is also under water and traffic can't get through to Minden, Bossier or Shreveport.

Traffic on the roadways is at a dead stand still and is now backing up from Gibsland back towards Arcadia, according to Bienville Parish sheriff's deputies.

Deputies say several vehicles have become disabled and at least one 18 wheeler was pushed off the interstate due to the rushing water.

Harris said traffic is down to one westbound lane in Bossier Parish at mile marker 35 near Goodwill Road. Eastbound traffic is closed.

In Webster Parish, I-20 eastbound entrance and exit ramps are closed at mile marker 44.

It is recommended that drivers caught in the middle of that portion of roadway find the nearest truck stop and wait until the waters recede. Truck stops are available north of exit 52, north of exit 49, and south of exit 38.

Deputies say there are several other state roads and parish roads under water. In some instances, the secondary roads may have been undermined and washed out especially around large culverts.

There have been several high water rescues in south eastern Bienville Parish north of the village of Castor, according to sheriff's deputies.

Troopers urge motorists to stay off the roadways unless absolutely necessary.

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