Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards Chief of Staff Mark Cooper, Louisiana State Police Superintendent Colonel Kevin Reeves, Louisiana Army National Guard Lt. Colonel Kenneth Baille, and Casey Tingle with the LA. GOSHEP met with Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones, Natchitoches Mayor Lee Posey, Natchitoches Parish President Rick Nowlin, Mary Jones with the Natchitoches Office of Emergency Preparedness, Sonya Wiley-Gremillion with Rapides Parish 911 and Emergency Prepardeness, Grant Parish Emergency Preparedness, Teresa Basco with LA. GOSHEP-Region 3, Cane River Waterway Commission, Red River Waterway Commission, Natchitoches Parish Highway Department, along with Louisiana State Troopers and Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies Feb. 28 concerning the recent impact of flooding to Natchitoches Parish and surrounding parishes as a result of the recent severe weather and Red River backwater flooding according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.
GOSHEP, LANG AND LSP assured all emergency response resources are available to Natchitoches, Rapides and Grant Parishes if needed.
A flyover was conducted in areas impacted by high water in Natchitoches Parish.
Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies and the Natchitoches Office of Emergency Preparedness were monitoring and patrolling high water areas in Natchitoches Parish from recent heavy rains and backwater flooding from the Red River Feb. 27, according to Sheriff Victor Jones.
According to the National Weather Service, Tuesday mornings reading of the Red River at Grand Ecore was 34.6 feet, Flood Stage: 33 feet. The Red River is expected to reach 39.0 feet by Friday evening then begin falling.
Tuesday morning Black Lake reading was 107 feet, flood stage is 106. Black Lake is expected to rise to 108 feet by Thursday evening.
Deputies will continue to monitor these areas, and recommend motorists not travel through floodwaters. It may seem that floodwaters are not deep, but beneath the surface there may be washouts, cave-ins, etc. that could lead to drowning, injury or significant property damage to vehicles.
“Don’t Drown-Turn Around”.
Contact the NPSO at 352-6432 for assistance.