Bossier sheriff dismisses rumors of levee breach along Red Chute

Published: Mar. 12, 2016 at 1:15 AM CST|Updated: May. 7, 2016 at 12:34 AM CDT
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Crews worked all day to sandbag the Guideline Levy along Red Chute Bayou in Bossier City in...
Crews worked all day to sandbag the Guideline Levy along Red Chute Bayou in Bossier City in hopes of keeping it from spilling over. (Source: Scott Pace/KSLA News 12)

BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - Sheriff Whittington made a point to dismiss what he called "false rumors" that have been circulating surrounding the situation along Red Chute Bayou Friday.

"Not true," Whittington told reporters gathered after Gov. John Edwards made a stop at sandbagging operations along the Guideline Levee near Golden Meadows in South Bossier. "There has been no levy breach."

The sheriff went on to explain that there are efforts being made divert off some of the water coming down the bayou.

"Now, the diversion gate on Red Chute is 100 percent open. It is sending water into Flat River. That's part of the plan, but that's nothing new. That's nothing to be afraid of."

Whittington went on to warn that the situation remains serious. The initial flash flood obviously caused some flooding and concerns. A lot of that water has receded. But the real killer coming up next is the Flat River rising. And so people cannot relax. They're still under the mandatory evacuation. You have to take this seriously. It is going to come and get you. How deep, we don't know. How long, we don't know. But according to the predictions and the forecast, you need to be prepared. It's most likely going to rise. "

According to Whittington, the latest predictions from the National Weather Service and Army Corps of Engineers indicate the Red Chute will overtop the levee "sometime Saturday night."

Whittington also said a rumor that sand bags were unavailable was not true, explaining that sandbags are being prepared continually and being provided at the usual locations.

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