Excessive amounts of rain continue to cause problems for northwest Louisiana.

State and parish officials say residents who live south of Highway 527 in south Bossier Parish could possibly see flood conditions similar to those in 2009, when the Red River reaches an expected crest of 33 feet by June 5.

The Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office, City of Bossier City, Bossier Parish Police Jury, other state and local agencies, and businesses along the river have met to plan for the upcoming rise of the Red.

"Public safety is our top priority, and we want residents in Bossier Parish to be well-aware of how the rising waterways can impact them," said Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington in a news release.

The National Weather Service is reporting the river will rise to 33 feet by next week because of heavy rain and water coming in from lakes and reservoirs upstream in Oklahoma and Texas. As of noon today, the river is at slightly over 28 feet, and it's still rising.

Sheriff's Lt. Bill Davis said in the news release that parish officials are working to inform residents, especially those south of Highway 527 -- including Smith, Poole and McDade Roads -- that they'll likely be displaced by high water and should begin now making necessary plans. Some roadways will possibly be impassable, but U.S. 71 will remain open.

"In light of the information the National Weather Service has provided, if residents had flooding problems in 2009, they can most likely expect water issues this time, also," said Sheriff Whittington. "Even though the crest is not until next Thursday, the water will start rising, and we want folks to take precautions soon."

Residents are encouraged to call the Bossier Sheriff’s Office at (318) 965-2203 or 911 if they have an emergency.

Lt. Davis has sent this info from the NWS on how the 33-feet crest of the Red River compares to other years:

· 29.45 feet in 2009
· 29.80 feet in 2001
· 34.50 feet in 1990
· 33.70 feet in 1958
· 33.90 feet in 1957
· 38.3 feet in 1945 (highest crest in modern times)

Bossier Parish Administrator Bill Altimus said thousands of sandbags are available for residents, and more are being filled today. Bossier inmates recently helped fill about 14,000 bags.

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