When it rains, it pours

By Bonnie Culverhouse and Paige Nash

A very wet period will continue across the Four State Region through at least the middle of the week, according to the National Weather Service. Considerable rainfall totals are expected, potentially resulting in flooding of area waterways and roads if significant rainfall rates persist.

Webster Parish Homeland Security Director Brian Williams said they are monitoring the weather service’s site.

“Currently, there should be just a rain event with between 5 and 6 inches over the next several days,” Williams said. “We will put out any information as needed.”

Williams said with gates already open on Lake Bistineau, he doesn’t expect any flooding issues there.

A spokesperson for Webster Parish Police Jury said the parish public works barns in Sibley and Sarepta will be open from 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for self-serve sandbags.

Minden’s interim Mayor Tommy Davis said sandbags are available at 1400 Talton St. from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. Davis said there is a 10 bag limit per household with proof of residency inside Minden City limits.

“If needed, we will adjust the times to have someone stay longer,” the mayor said. “If we start getting more rain, we will do what we need to do to help the citizens.”

Davis said in 2016, while he was Minden Mayor, there was a flood.

“I don’t want to have another one,” he said. “We’re going to do everything we can to keep it from happening again.”

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