Snow fell in Red River Parish from the wee hours Tuesday morning until about 10:00 am. The snow, or the advance preparations for snow shut down much of the activity in the parish. Some remained on the ground however the National Weather Service predicted that local accumulation would be less than an inch.
All schools, both public and private, were closed. So were state and parish offices. Town hall was open Tuesday morning. At the courthouse only the Sherriff’s Office was open. Steps were restricted to use the center aisle because of icing. The parish highway barn was working, monitoring roads for problems to develop.
Many state and Interstate roadways were closed by the state Department of Transportation due to the danger of ice accumulating on elevated sections. Most elevated roads in the Shreveport area were closed, as was the Highway 154 bridge over Lake Bistineau in Bienville Parish. Authorities caution against any non-essential travel.
Several functions were cancelled including the Council on Aging’s Meals on Wheels deliveries and lunch service at the Depot Diner. The state voting machine warehouse located next to Dairy Queen was closed. That word came from the Commissioner of Administration, Jay Dardenne in Baton Rouge. The state closed its offices in 48 of our 64 parishes.
The Red River Parish Library was closed Tuesday due to the weather. Librarian Trey Lewis told The Journal that the decision on whether to open today will be made this morning. His concern is travel conditions.
Workers for CP-Tel got a day off. They are installing fiber optic cable underground I the Whispering Pines subdivision. The company is laying fiber optic cable throughout the Coushatta area to provide high speed internet to businesses and homes.
Basketball games scheduled for Tuesday night were cancelled. Girls Coach Missy Antilley told The Journal that the boys and girls games against Winnfield would be made up on January 22nd. Riverdale Academy posted that their games were cancelled also. Date for the makeup has not been set.
Two events at Social Springs Baptist Church were cancelled because of the weather. Bro. James Hester told The Journal that the Senior Adult Luncheon and the Men’s Bible Study Group did not meet on Tuesday.
The Red River Cowboy Church has cancelled its Wednesday night service because of the weather. At Liberty Baptist Church, Bro. Harry Bamburg says their scheduled Wednesday night events will be held.