There is water everywhere in the parish and we are under a River Flood Warning. The National Weather Service says the Red River will rise to near 31.0 feet flood stage by Wednesday evening. Then the river should fall below flood stage early Thursday afternoon.
The Journal checked with Police Jury President Shawn Beard Tuesday morning and he said that no emergency declarations had been issued. As a precaution monitor the weather service and Facebook pages of the sheriff and parish homeland security.
Last week steps were taking to prevent the Red River from flooding the town of Coushatta. That information came from the Natchitoches Sheriff’s Office:
On Friday afternoon February 23, shortly after 5:00pm, Sheriff Victor Jones deployed members of the NPSO Dive Team to Red River Parish to assist the Red River Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness, Red River Parish Fire Protection District and a local contractor in installing a metal cap over a culvert at an undisclosed location to prevent possible backwater flooding from Red River in the Town of Coushatta.
Divers said the operation was successful and this same procedure has been used in the past to prevent flooding.
Members of the NPSO Dive Team are from the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office, Natchitoches City Fire Department, Natchitoches Parish Fire Districts# 5, #6, #7, and #9.