Closings, evacuations ordered as Red River rises
SHREVEPORT - Governor Bobby Jindal surveyed flooded areas near the Red River and met with emergency officials in Caddo and Bossier parishes Friday.
According to KTBS-TV, the Red River is flowing into homes and businesses from Texarkana to Natchitoches, prompting road closings and evacuations. Caddo-Bossier authorities are taking more precautions with higher crests expected later in the weekend.
According to the Governor Jindal's office, the river is expected to crest at 36.5 feet Sunday which is the highest level in 70 years, two feet higher than first predicted.
Caddo Parish officials are monitoring houses but have not issued any mandatory evacuations. However, the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office went door to door in the Wells Island area urging residents to leave their homes.
Sandbagging efforts began along the Shreveport riverfront. The city has cancelled all downtown activities this weekend.
In Bossier, sections of the Arthur Ray Teague Parkways are closed as crews prepare to protect the South Bossier pumping station from the rising water.
The Red River has flooded the River Bluff subdivision north of Bossier. Officials are keeping an eye on areas south of state highway 154.
"Obviously, the worst of this event is now in Caddo and Bossier parishes, but the problem areas will move down to Rapides and Natchitoches next week, and we've provided assets to help ensure they are prepared," Jindal said. "We stand ready to provide more support and emergency response resources as this event continues."