River flooding occurs seasonally when winter or spring rains fill the river’s basin with too much water, too quickly. For the Red River this is a natural and inevitable part of life. Torrential rains from decaying hurricanes or tropical storms may also produce major river floods. It is important to note that river flooding can occur in just a few hours and last a day, a week, or longer.
Urban / Area floods are due to the conversion of fields or woodlands to roads and parking lots. This urbanization increases runoff 2 to 6 times over what would occur on natural terrain. Subsequently, in the growing Shreveport-Bossier Metropolitan area, streets can become swift-moving rivers and low-lying areas can flood within hours.
Backwater flooding occurs as rivers, bayous, and lakes become full and back up. In the Bossier area backwater flooding can be found adjacent to area lakes and low-area flood plains as rainfall and resulting runoff cannot drain.
Flash flooding occurs within a few minutes or hours of excessive rainfall. The rapidly rising water can reach heights of 30 feet or more and can roll boulders, rip trees from the ground, and destroy buildings and bridges.
The Bossier OHSEP will coordinate emergency services, communication, and resources to assist the community in the event of a flood. Public information advisories will be given to local news media for broadcast. Citizens in the Bossier area should…
FLASH FLOOD or FLOOD WATCH
Means: Flash flooding or flooding is possible within the designated watch area. Citizens should be alert for further developments.
FLASH FLOOD or FLOOD WARNING
Means: Flash flooding or flooding has been reported or is imminent. Citizens should take necessary precautions at once.
URBAN and SMALL STREAM ADVISORY
Means: Flooding of small streams, bayous, streets, and low-lying areas (i.e. railroad underpasses, urban storm drains) is occurring.
FLASH FLOOD or FLOOD STATEMENT
Means: Follow-up information regarding flash flood or flooding event.
The action to take in a flooding situation is simple:
Head for higher ground and stay away from flood waters.
Protect your past by placing valuables in plastic storage containers and move them to the attic or other elevated location.
Protect your present by purchasing insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program. It will help you recover from a loss financially due to flooding.
Protect your future by elevating expensive items such as outside air conditioning units. Seal vents to basements to prevent flooding. During a flood, immediately shut off your electricity at the circuit breakers.
Protect your peace of mind by learning your evacuation routes. Remember you may need to know more than one way to escape rising water. Monitor NOAA Weather Radio to ensure you know the latest weather developments, and avoid driving on flooded roads.
A flood can cause emotional and physical stress. You need to look after yourself and your family before focusing on the cleanup and / or repair to you property.
Listen to local television or radio stations to find out where to go for assistance, or call the Northwest Louisiana Chapter of the American Red Cross at (318) 869-9545.
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