Bossier sheriff sets up command post near Lake Bistineau

Published: Mar. 18, 2016 at 11:44 PM CDT|Updated: May. 13, 2016 at 11:44 PM CDT
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LAKE BISTINEAU, LA (KSLA) - It's expected to take a while for the waters to recede and for residents around Lake Bistineau to piece together what's left after the record flooding.

Because of the anticipated duration of the high waters, the Bossier sheriff's office set up an area command near the lake Friday afternoon. It's at 5408 Louisiana Highway 527. That's at the former Bistineau Pizza and across the street from the American Legion building near Hwy. 527 at Fairview Point Road.

"Lake Bistineau has a large population of residents. And although they are accustomed to high water, this record level has made many residents isolated or cut off," Sheriff Julian Whittington said. "We have made constant checks on residents there throughout the flooding.

"But we want to have a presence as close as possible to the lake in order to be accessible to meet their needs and check on their welfare."

The National Weather Service office in Shreveport says this is the highest water level in recorded history for Lake Bistineau, cresting at 150.16 feet earlier this week. The previous record was 147.8 feet.

The water level on Lake Bistineau remains extremely high - it was at 147.7 feet Friday - and is not expected to dip to major flood level until Tuesday, according to the Weather Service.

Whittington said his office will continue to maintain its mobile command center at Red River South Travel Plaza on Highway 71 to help residents in the south Bossier and far south Bossier areas who continue to deal with intense flooding.

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