Caddo Sheriff: 12 Mile Bayou flooding will be worse than in June

Published: Mar. 11, 2016 at 2:45 PM CST|Updated: May. 17, 2018 at 2:43 PM CDT
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Nash Street in Shreveport's MLK neighborhood flooded in June 2015.
Nash Street in Shreveport's MLK neighborhood flooded in June 2015.
Allendale homes were flooded in June 2015.
Allendale homes were flooded in June 2015.
Sandbags line a home in the Allendale neighborhood, preparing for this next round of flooding
Sandbags line a home in the Allendale neighborhood, preparing for this next round of flooding

CADDO PARISH, LA (KSLA) - Emergency officials are warning that the flooding along 12 Mile Bayou in the coming days could be worse than what was seen during the flooding back in June of last year.

That flooding inundated homes in Allendale and parts of the MLK neighborhood.

It could be a double-punch in the gut for people living in the Allendale neighborhood. They were flooded out by the Red River's historic flooding, and they are about to be flooded out again.

The area behind J.S. Clark Middle School in the Allendale neighborhood was flooded in June. Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator said Friday that the water is expected to get even higher this time around.

"We're going to have a problem with 12 Mile Bayou, and the 12 Mile Bayou is going to be pretty serious, as is Caddo (Lake), because they're also connected," said Prator. "But the 12 Mile Bayou, by all indications, is going to be worse than it was even during the flood in June, which is going to impact the city because it backs up and so we ought to see a lot of water in a lot of houses, I'm sorry to say."

As soon as she heard those words, Allendale resident Ophelia Phelps said her heart sunk.

"Down, depressed, sad, worried," said Phelps.

We talked to Phelps in June, when the waters rose higher than she had ever seen them.

She told us then, "it's seeping through the walls around the back."

Her back yard was submerged and water had just started to get into her home. Luckily, there was no major damage. This time around, the water is expected to get even higher in the Allendale, MLK and Lakeside neighborhoods.

"It was bad enough the first time, and it's a little worse this time! And then they were so close together," said Phelps.

The scars are still there from last year's flooding. Phelps showed us the sand that still litters her yard from the dozens of sandbags that protected her home.

This time she is worried sand bags will not be enough.

"I would sure hate to lose my momma's house. It means more to me than if it were just my own house," said Phelps.

Residents in this area are watching the area closely. Some sandbagging has already been done, and they are hoping to get out more before the water gets even higher.

One woman, whose home was destroyed in the flooding in June, had just moved back into her home in January. She finished paying off her mortgage in February. Now, she is worried that the waters will destroy it all again.

As of Friday evening, Caddo Lake was at 178 feet and is expected at 175.9 feet by Monday. Flood stage is 172.

12 Mile Bayou was at 36.6 feet and is expected to crest at 39 feet Tuesday.

Shreveport Mayor Ollie Tyler says that's all going to affect Allendale, MLK and some parts of Lakeside.

"We're going to be out there in those communities and those neighborhoods that surround that bayou, tributaries that are connected to that bayou will be affected." said Tyler. "Our people will be out there just to make sure that we knock on doors and let citizens know how we can help them."

The Red Cross set up a shelter in the gym at Southern University-Shreveport on Thursday. It's one of 2 currently open in Shreveport. The other is at the American Red Cross main complex at 805 Brookhollow Dr.

The city opened self-service sandbag distribution location at the Fire Maintenance Facility at  7300 Mansfield Rd. on Monday, in addition to the round-the-clock distribution location at the Streets and Drainage Yard at 3825 Old Minden Rd.

Reports of high water, flooding, downed trees, intermittent road closures, and rescues have kept deputies busy. Road closings will be posted on the Caddo Sheriff's Facebook page and through releases on the CPSO website as they are announced.

Caddo Parish declared a State of Emergency in response to flooding on Wednesday, allowing the parish to access state and federal resources.

At Friday's briefing, Sheriff Prator urged residents with flooding in their homes to report it to the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness at 675-2255, or via email at reportdamages@caddosheriff.org.

"This is the template we'll use to turn over to FEMA," said Prator, "So it's real important. If you have water in your home or any kind of damage to report that as soon as you can."

Trees are reported down on Providence Road, Nottingham, and Preston. Pinehill at Winchester is expected to be closed all day because of a fallen tree and low power lines.

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