Bossier Sheriff: Drainage causing back-up flooding in South Bossier Parish

Published: Mar. 15, 2016 at 3:28 PM CDT|Updated: May. 10, 2016 at 3:28 PM CDT
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BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - Drainage from last week's flash flooding is draining down into South Bossier Parish and continuing to cause problems for residents in those rural areas, according to Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington.

On Monday night, Whittington says a man on Poole Rd. was rescued by deputies with the help of the Bossier Fire Department.

Another 18 or so families remain on the road, and the sheriff says emergency responders are on standby in case they need to get out.

Further north on the Red Chute at Dogwood, Whittington says the water has receded from the sandbags that were holding it back from spilling over into nearby neighborhoods and is now "back down to the normal levee, which is certainly a good start. It's expected to continue to decline."

"This makes one week that we've been fighting and it's been a herculean effort," said Whittington, thanking all of the agencies that have been working around the clock.

Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington and Bossier officials at the South Bossier Mobile Command Center at Red River South Travel Center on Barksdale Blvd.
Officials also shared information for residents about recovery and non-profit organizations who will be providing clean-up services for flood victims.

The focus turned Monday to the rural areas of South Bossier parish, where some roads have been swallowed by the rising waters, including a heavily-flooded Hwy 71. Hundreds have been evacuated, and much of the area is only accessible by boat.

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