uploaded: 19 March 2016
by: Lt. Bill Davis
Capt. Donnie Keith and Dep. Travis Orr of the Bossier Sheriff’s Office (Louisiana) take a ride on an airboat to check on residents on a flooded Poole Road Saturday.
The airboat is good for rescue and evacuation in extreme shallow water. As the waters recede and boats become less viable to utilize, the air boat can get into areas to help folks.
The engine and propeller are enclosed in a protective metal cage that prevents objects from coming in contact with the whirling propeller. Because the propeller is not in the water, the airboat is useful for extreme shallow water and can easily transition to deep water. It makes a great asset for rescue and evacuation in such conditions, as the waters recede and boats become less viable to utilize, the airboat can get into areas to help folks.
During the trip, we met a resident on Poole Road who says the water level there is six inches higher than it was in 1958. Very massive flooding.