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|Officials say parish still at risk|
Ouachita Parish remains under the threat of possible flooding due to the effects of additional rainfall over the weekend and high water levels in major bodies of waters and tributaries.
Officials with the Ouachita Emergency Operations Center said Monday water flowing from Arkansas will cause local bodies of water to rise this week. That could lead to widespread flooding, even without additional rainfall.
In addition to that, a cell of storms stretching from south Texas through Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas has the potential to produce several inches of rainfall in the region.
Residents throughout Ouachita Parish, especially those in flood prone areas, are urged to prepare for possible flooding within the week.
Ouachita EOC officials say flooding is not a certainty, but they urge residents to begin making preparations now.
Sandbags are available at any of the locations listed below:
* Monroe Public Works on Grammont Street;
* Ouachita Parish Public Works on Well Road in West Monroe;
* Ouachita Correctional Center on U.S. 165 South;
* Old Dump in West Monroe near New Natchitoches and Trade Road;
* City of Monroe Recreation Centers, which include Benoit, Saul Adler, Powell, and E.P. Robinson;
Ouachita EOC officials also advise residents to do the following:
If you live in a flood prone area, make preparations to seek shelter with family or friends in the event of flooding. Prepare an emergency kit. Make sure the kit includes necessary paperwork, money, clothes, food, water and medicine and.
Check on family members to make sure they are safe and develop an evacuation plan. Residents who have family members who are confined to a bed or do not have electricity backup and have life support devices requiring power, should make preparations to move those loved ones and/or secure a generator for back-up.
You may want to elevate items that you plan to leave indoors should high waters approach your home.
Call 2-1-1 for information and watch the television news or listen to the radio for weather, evacuation, sandbag locations and other possible shelter opening updates.
Call 9-1-1 for life threatening emergencies only.
Report hurricane or flood related damages to both agencies to Ouachita Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness at (318) 322-4335 or (318) 322-5578. The parish homeland security office Web site is www.ohsep.org. Also, FEMA can be contacted at 1-800-621-FEMA or 1-800-621-3362. FEMA's Web site is www.fema.gov.