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Have Fun at the Upcoming Mardi Gras Parade in Shreveport

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

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Shreveport Inhabitants and Visitors Alike can Enjoy the Mardi Gras Parade.

It is good news that the Mardi Gras parades scheduled for the year 2021 in Shreveport have not been canceled. It’s only that things will appear a little different. The Mardi Gras event occurs in towns and cities all around Louisiana from east to west and north to south. 

The magnificent, beaded, feathered, and costumed carnival is rich with tradition and is about having an excellent time. The traditional Mardi Gras colors date back to 1892, and they include green, symbolizing faith, purple, symbolizing justice, and gold, which symbolizes power. 

Mardi Gras is usually held on Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. The day before Mardi Gras is called Lundi Gras or Shrove Monday. The event is scheduled in Louisiana on February 16, 2021. The fun-filled event features:

Bands

Floats 

Drill teams

Marching groups 

Homecoming courts 

Youth sports teams

Everyone can expect to have a great time at the neighborhood parade. 

SERVPRO of South Shreveport is happy to welcome you to the Mardi Gras event. We are one of the leading water restoration companies in Shreveport. If you need water restoration services, call us at (318) 865-4655 for immediate help. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Forbing Residents Are Welcome to Enjoy Vaudeville at East Bank

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

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Join Your Forbing Friends and Neighbors and Enjoy a Night of Vaudeville Entertainment

During these uncertain times, people have found it daunting to interact and have a good time. Fortunately, Company Repertory Theatre, East Bank Theater, and Bossier Arts Council present an evening full of Vaudeville entertainment. A Vaudeville is a light entertainment popular from the mid-1890s to the early 1930s, which comprised ten to fifteen individual unrelated acts featuring acrobats, trained animals, musicians, singers, and jugglers dancers.

The event organizers have taken the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of the attendees. It takes place on 23rd January 2021 at East Bank Theatre. Forbing residents can venture to the nearby Bossier City to enjoy the event that is full of various:

Acts

Antics

Songs

Scenes

All are welcome. Attendees are expected to wear masks during the event and maintain social distance at all times. Bring your friends and family and enjoy a side-splitting night.

SERVPRO of South Shreveport warmly welcomes you to the night of Vaudeville entertainment at East Bank. If you need fire damage restoration services in Forbing, we can help. Contact our restorers at (318) 865-4655 at any time of the day to make the incident seem "Like it never even happened."  

Prompt and Effective Restoration for Flood-Damaged Shreveport Homes 

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment being setup. Floods can cause major issues. Call the professionals at SERVPRO for the water mitigation services needed.

SERVPRO is Ready to Restore Shreveport Properties With Storm Flood Damage

Shreveport is the third most populated city in Louisiana and the most populated city in the Shreveport-Bossier City Metropolitan statistical area. According to the 2010 census, the city had a population of 199,311. The United States Census Bureau estimates that the city's population decreased to 187,112 in 2019.

The Shreve Town Company founded the city in 1836. The government established the corporation to establish a town at the Texas Trail and the Red River's juncture. Before Texas gained its independence, the trail entered Mexico. Throughout the 20th century, the city grew due to the discovery of oil. Between the 1960s and 1980s, the city hosted United Gas Corporation and Standard Oil of Louisiana's headquarters. The recession in the oil industry led to job losses and the close of Shreveport Operations. The city struggled with violent crime, poverty, drugs, and a declining population. However, since Cedric Glover's tenure as Shreveport mayor, the city began reviving its economy, revitalize infrastructure, and lower crime to end its population decline.           

The History of Shreveport City

Captain Henry Miller Shreve made the Red River navigable by leading the United States Army Corps of Engineers. The Great Rift and a 290 km log jam (180 miles) had obstructed the shipping passage. The Captain used a modified riverboat to remove the log jam. Local authorities named Shreve town and the company in the Captain's honor.

Initially, the boundaries of a small piece of land that the company had bought from the indigenous Caddo Indians contained the town. The local authorities incorporated the city as Shreveport on 20th March 1839. 

The town later became a steamboat center of commerce, taking mostly crops from Caddo Parish plantations. The steamboats used the Red River to transport cargo, where stevedores unloaded and loaded cargo. Besides, the town had a slave market. However, other parts of the state did not appreciate the slave trade. By 1860, the town hosted a population of 1,300 slaves and 2,200 free people within its limits.

The economy of Shreveport                              

Shreveport hosts a wide range of riverboat gambling casinos. The city was second to New Orleans in 2005, before Hurricane Katrina, is hosting several riverboat gambling casinos. Bossier City hosts Harrah's Louisiana Downs, one of the three-horse racetracks in Louisiana.

A 550,000 square foot Louisiana Boardwalk shopping complex was opened in May 2005 in Bossier City. The facility features:

Several restaurants

Outlet shopping

Bowling complex

14-screen movie theater

Several Bass Pro Shops

In November 2008, the city residents were excited since the Haynesville Shale's development was to create new jobs over the next couple of years. The area residents enjoy huge bonuses for signing up to $25,000 per acre in mineral rights leases. However, the economic downturn led to a low market price for natural gas, slowing down drilling activities. The city expected to lease the mineral rights on public lands to generate revenue in the future.

The city also hosted a General Motors plant called Shreveport Operations, which closed down in 2012. The company produced a variety of vehicles, including:

Isuzu i-Series

Chevrolet Colorado

Hummer H3 series

GMC Canyon

GM later leased the plant to Elio Motors. Western Electric and General Electric are among notable companies that still have or had plants in the Shreveport assembly or manufacturing industry. In 2017, manufacturing and production jobs accounted for 5 percent of the city's occupations.

The Shreveport local government invested $16.5 million in building Mall St. Vincent in 2014. Fortune magazine grouped the city among the best place to start a business. The Shreveport Economic Recovery Task Force came up with a rejuvenation plan on 31st July 2020, focusing on the downtown area.

The Louisiana Floods of 2015

In 2015, the Red River flood occurred for several weeks in June. Areas such as Bossier Parish, Rapides Parish, Caddo Parish, Natchitoches Parish, and Shreveport, Coushatta, and Alexandria were significantly affected. Numerous road closures across Shreveport occurred due to flooding. The government deployed the Louisiana National Guard and other response teams to help residences under flood warning fill and place sandbags.

In over 70 years, the Red River got to its highest level in 2015. The flood levels rose to about 6 and 9 feet in most affected areas. On 9th June at around 4 PM, the river got 37.14 feet, its maximum height.

The most recent study released in 1990 by the US Army Corps of Engineers characterized the Red River's flood patterns when it last flooded. The Engineers are not planning for another study.

People in Louisiana have made many advances towards flood protection. However, flooding is inevitable, and no matter how high engineers build levees, the river's course continues. Researchers claim that the Mississippi River has a significant flooding pattern history every decade.

How SERVPRO technicians help property owners in Shreveport to handle flood damage

Immediately flood damage occurs in your property, act swiftly to minimize the chances of potential lasting effects. SERVPRO's flood restoration process includes extracting water, decontaminating, drying, and deodorizing the property. Our technicians can take the following steps during the restoration process.   

Removing valuable possessions from the ground and identifying salvageable items. We separate salvageable items from those damaged beyond repair so that they do not get irreparably damaged.

Water extraction using hi-tech equipment to speed up the drying process. If water is inside the walls, our technicians can remove the baseboards. We can drill a 1½" hole between each stud in the wall at the baseboard level. We drill holes on one side of the wall to force air up into the wall cavities as it gets into the wall. Our restorers attach an air mover to a wall venting system to force air into the wall.

Decontaminating the property using advanced and approved products. Our technicians decontaminate the affected area since floodwater can be hazardous.

Deodorizing the affected property using effective products or equipment that leaves your property free from any odors

It is essential to allow professional restorers who understand the damage that floodwater can cause to your property. SERVPRO technicians are always ready to respond to our customers' distress calls around the clock since we understand how fast secondary damages can occur. We have the right equipment and tools to handle flood damage of any magnitude.    

Even the slightest flooding incident in your property can cause costly damage. Contact SERVPRO of South Shreveport immediately after the unfortunate incident happens to minimize damage and restore your property to its normal condition, "Like it never even happened." Talk to us today at (318) 865-4655.  

Run For a Good Cause Just Outside of Forbing

12/11/2020 (Permalink)

a present with a tag on it that says "Toy Drive" SERVPRO is looking forward to the toy drive which will give many children presents that they may not have gotten without this!

Forbing and Shreveport Residents Promote Healthy Habits and Holiday Cheer

Individuals and groups in and around the Forbing vicinity have an invitation to run the three-loop course and get into the Christmas Spirit. This Sportspectrum tradition lets runners go past over ten thousand lights, decorations while listening to fun Christmas music. This year, the run established a partnership with Operation Santa Claus, a joint effort between the Shreveport fire and police departments to help the local community's children. Donations of toys get accepted during the turn-in of individual and group running packets on race day. The proceeds go to benefit children who otherwise may not get anything for Christmas. If you do not wish to donate a new toy, monetary donations are used to purchase gifts for the kids. 

  • Registration is $25 pre-race and $40 on the 17th
  • If there is a cancellation due to the pandemic, runners will receive 75% of their fee refunded
  • Date of the Run: December 17th
  • Time: 7:00 pm at the Sportspectrum

SERVPRO can assist local property owners with water mitigation in Forbing homes. The certified technicians arrive quickly and make the water damage, no matter how large or small, "Like it never even happened."

Embark on a Magical Christmas Journey in Shreveport

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

a family staring at the fish in an aquarium It will be exciting to see the community at the Shreveport Aquarium!

The Shreveport Aquarium Has a Must-See Exhibition

The fun starts outside the Shreveport Aquarium when you can listen to Christmas music on your FM radio and see the synchronized dance of the lights decorating the exterior of the aquarium. Inside the venue, a fun adventure awaits with a full cast of holiday characters in costume. Each event goer gets an interactive BELIEVE magical wand that can turn on the lights, play music, and make the Grinch's heart grow three sizes. You can even create reindeer footprints and more during the tour. There will be an opportunity to write a letter to Santa and get a reply along with hot chocolate and cookies. At the end of the time, get a photo with Santa as a keepsake of a great Christmas adventure.

  • Date: December 4th, 2020
  • Time: 5 PM to 8 PM
  • Ticket Price: $25

SERVPRO of South Shreveport at (318) 865-4655 serves local property owners with any size flood water removal in Shreveport homes and businesses. 

Forbing Residents Can Trust SERVPRO for Successful Commercial Mold Remediation

11/28/2020 (Permalink)

mold growing down a wall Mold can quickly spread and overtake a large area. Contact our team to investigate and remediate the mold infestation plaguing your commercial space.

Businesses and Residential Properties Know SERVPRO Can Handle Any Size Commercial Mold Remediation Needed in Forbing Properties

Forbing is a community that is unincorporated in the Caddo Parish area of Louisiana. It is considered part of the Shreveport–Bossier City metro area. This definition means that the town does not possess its own municipal government but is part of the Shreveport system of government. This also means that if the community becomes insolvent at any point, Shreveport has the fiduciary responsibility. Since Shreveport has a mayor-council government system, this means that the voters elect not only a mayor but also a legislative city council. This is a group of individuals that establish rules and regulations for the unincorporated townships under its jurisdiction. The township resides within the boundaries of Caddo County, named in honor of the indigenous Caddo Indians who sold the land for development to Captain Henry Miller Shreve, for whom the county seat of Shreveport got named in honor of.

Wet and Warm Climate in Forbing

The residents of Forbing enjoy mostly great weather year-round, with slightly more rainfall than the rest of the United States. The winter temperatures range on average around 40-degrees Fahrenheit, with summers being hot and humid with temperatures in the 80s and 90s.

While natural disasters like earthquakes are rare in the area, 

  • Hurricanes and tropical storms
  • Flash floods
  • Tornadoes are a frequent threat

The Forbing/Shreveport area ranks number one as an area likely to experience tornadic activity. Although the area is more inland than New Orleans, the threat of flooding, mainly from category three or more hurricanes, is not uncommon.

Supported By Shreveport

The majority of municipal resources for Forbing come through Shreveport. The town does not have its own fire department, including volunteer-based, and instead, the City of Shreveport established a fire station nearby Forbing to handle any calls. The police jurisdiction gets dealt with in the same manner to support the local community with emergency services as needed—the majority of citizens in the township work in nearby Shreveport and commute. The area was once a central hub for the oil business. Standard Oil employed a significant number of the local population, which ended when the New Jersey branch absorbed the Louisiana office. A similar situation happened when United Gas, based there since the 1930s, got taken over by Pennzoil and moved out of state. When the gas and oil boom went bust in the 1980s, the entire area went into a massive recession. Many companies went under during this time, malls closed, and Shreveport and the surrounding communities began to transition to more of a service-based economy. The area now holds accolades from Entrepreneur Magazine as the number one place to start a new Louisiana business.

Entertainment in the Forbing Area

Gambling is a big moneymaker for the State of Louisiana, and this area of the state is no exception. Since the 1990s, the modest skyline of nearby Shreveport has hosted a very active gambling center. Residents and visitors to Forbing can enjoy the "Streetscape" project, which was inspired by the gaming conducted on riverboats during the area's establishment. There are brick sidewalks, statues, street performers, and one of a kind mosaics to view.

Major motion pictures use this area of the state to film, and Louisiana has the third-largest film industry in the United States in large part due to the state's tax incentives. This has earned Louisiana the nickname "Hollywood South." Many films debut at the yearly event, Louisiana Film Prize, a short film competition and film festival. A large number of films have been made in the area, including:

  • The Guardian 
  • The Mist 
  • Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay 
  • Olympus Has Fallen 
  • I Saw the Light 

Mardi Gras celebrations are associated with New Orleans but have been an essential part of this state's area. The Shreveport parades and krewes did not survive the cancellations due to World War I, and attempts to restore parades were unsuccessful until the mid-1980s. The Caddo Parish area plays host to many events for Forbing residents to attend throughout the year. Some of the notable venues are: 

  • ArtBreak Festival gets billed as the largest student arts festival in the South that occurs yearly. 
  • Barksdale Air Force Base Air Show has been held every year since 1933 and features a host of vintage and latest model aircraft
  • Let the Good Times Roll Festival, the annual Juneteenth festival
  • The State Fair of Louisiana, which gets held each autumn annually since 1906

Does a Forbing Business Need to Close During Commercial Mold Remediation by SERVPRO?

When SERVPRO handles commercial mold remediation for properties in the Forbing area, the techs have training in the best practices for limiting the spread of airborne spores to halt the chance of cross-contamination. They use methods such as containment over doors and vents to keep spores out of the ventilation system, negative air chambers to port airborne spores off-site and fresh, clean air into the structure, and air use scrubbers to improve air quality during the mitigation of the mold damage. In most instances, a business should close as exposure to mold spores may cause health effects in some individuals.

SERVPRO techs use their equipment to create an environment that is hostile to the mold and makes it unsustainable. Some of the actions include: 

  • Lowering interior humidity levels below 50% through the use of their air movers and dehumidifiers
  • Use of antimicrobial cleaning agents
  • Abatement tactics to remove dried colony matter from surfaces

Particularly in cases where the sheetrock or other building materials required removal due to damage from the mold, the techs can treat the exposed wall cavity with an antimicrobial sealant to ensure there is no return of the issue in that area of the property. The technicians may call in an industrial hygienist to measure the air quality at the end of the mitigation to ensure the remediation efforts were successful.

SERVPRO of South Shreveport at (318) 865-4655 remains the premier choice for commercial mold remediation in Forbing business properties. The trained and certified techs make the mold damage, "Like it never even happened."

This Holiday Season, Enjoy All that Shreveport Offers!

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

A small child looking at a fish in a big tank. Oh the cool things you may see at the Shreveport Aquarium for the holiday season.

For local families seeking out unique Christmas entertainment, Shreveport offers an experience this year that may not be matched anywhere else in the country.

Already a treasure of the community, the Shreveport Aquarium is about to gear up for even more family-friendly entertainment this holiday season. Starting on November 27 and running through December 23, the Aquarium plans to host their BELIEVE series of events. During standard aquarium hours, visitors can tour through some special Christmas-themed exhibits, including a scuba-diving Santa Claus and a unique motion-activated wand.

On certain evenings throughout the month, the aquarium will also stay open to put on a special lights show and roll out some additional family activities. On top of arts and crafts activities, kids can write a letter to Santa that will receive a mailed response before Christmas. Tickets for these nighttime events cost $25 for all ages, while the daytime events charge a regular admissions fee plus $5 for a magic wand and special gift.

SERVPRO of South Shreveport provides emergency damage mitigation services whenever a leak or flood threatens your home. Call us 24/7 at (318) 865-4655.

Explore Forbing in a Walking Tour

11/15/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck by a house it is working on It will be exciting to see the community at the walking tours of St. Paul's Bottoms!

Daily Walking Tours of St. Paul's Bottoms Throughout November and December in Forbing

Enjoy an outside walking tour daily at 4 pm, beginning at the Strand Theatre. Not only will you enjoy learning about the city, but you will also get to view diverse holiday displays. These two and a half hour tours run from now until December 31 and showcase prominent buildings in Downtown Shreveport. Learn about the historic architecture throughout Ledbetter and the Red River District. Tickets range from $15 to $30.

Highlights of the tour include:

Enjoying stories about the community; stories both rooted in fact and urban legend.

Hearing about this Northern Louisiana city's unique architecture and prominent structures.

The tour ends near the Eldorado Casino, in case you want to continue your evening with more entertainment.

SERVPRO of South Shreveport services Shreveport, Bossier City, and Forbing for fire damage restoration. Contact us anytime day or night at (318) 865-4655 for home restoration assistance.

What are some Unexpected Ways a Fire Damage Restoration Company in Shreveport can Help You?

10/31/2020 (Permalink)

Image of flames The aftermath of a fire is very stressful.

Shreveport Residents need a Supportive Fire Damage Restoration Crew

Damage to your Shreveport home is devastating. SERVPRO of South Shreveport understands that a home disaster leaves you feeling shaken and wondering if your life will ever be normal again. That is why supporting you and helping with every aspect of remediation is a core part of our philosophy.

Even a small house blaze can cause a great deal of damage. A Shreveport fire damage restoration company can help you deal with the damage and restore your home “Like it never even happened.” It is hard to believe your house could ever feel like yours again, but we always aim to restore it to its preloss condition.

When you call a restoration company, you naturally expect them to clean up the mess from the fire. That is their job! But there are other benefits of working with a restoration company.

How can SERVPRO help you get your home back faster?
We understand how stressful it is when you have to go and stay somewhere else after a fire. Being unable to enter your home is upsetting.

Because our technicians are remediation experts, they know the most efficient ways to get the job done. Unfortunately, we cannot press a button and have your home back to normal, but working with us is much faster than cleaning up by yourself.

How does working with us keep you safe?
There are many potential hazards in the aftermath of a fire:
• Soot particles in the air
• Structural damage such as sagging ceilings or damaged plaster
• Holes in the roof and walls from firefighting
• Leftover firefighting chemicals
• Debris and jagged edges such as glass or metal shards or broken wooden beams

Our teams are safety-conscious, and we equip them with a full range of personal protective equipment. Do not put yourself at risk – let the professionals handle it.

How can SERVPRO help you with insurance?
Dealing with your insurance company can be stressful. Although the final decision on what will be covered is between you and them, SERVPRO can support you by:
• Securing your home by boarding up windows and putting a tarp on the roof – many insurers need evidence that your home is adequately secured
• Taking pictures and helping with inventory
• Giving a professional opinion on what we can salvage – insurers like it when we can repair rather than replace
• Talking to your insurance company on your behalf to provide information

How can we help with air quality?
Air quality is low after a fire. Unfortunately, securing your home makes it worse, as there are fewer places for air to escape. We use air scrubbers and negative air machines to trap harmful particles in the air and prevent them from re-entering your home.

How can SERVPRO help with cleaning?
Cleaning is a significant part of fire damage restoration. Of course, you expect a remediation company to clean up the walls and ceilings of your home, but we can also clean:
• Furniture and upholstery
• Personal belongings and keepsakes
• Textiles and clothes

We can complete many cleaning tasks on-site, but we can send items to our facility for specialist cleaning if necessary. We use a range of cleaning methods, including dry brushing, wet wiping, HEPA vacuuming, soda blasting, and spot cleaning. We can also call in professionals to clean and certify electronic devices.

We can also clean carpets, rugs, and upholstery with hot water extraction, specialist shampoos, or spot cleaning. We can run your blinds through our ultrasonic cleaner to rid them of sooty residue.

How can we help with smoke odors?
Our customers tell us that the smell of smoke is one of the worst parts of a fire. Your home cannot feel like yours again when there is a lingering smoke smell. Thankfully we know how to deal with those stinky odors. We might use air scrubbers, ozone generators, hydroxyl generators, dry fogging, odor-eating pellets, or any combination of these to rid your home of smells.

How can we help with home repairs?
Your home might look ravaged after a fire. Wallpaper might be soot-stained. Fire can damage insulation and supporting beams. Firefighters often have to cut holes in the roof or walls to control the fire and ensure it is completely extinguished.

Our technicians can help with structural repairs and with tasks such as re-hanging wallpaper or replacing carpet. If we cannot carry out a job, we will call in other professionals. We supervise all sub-contractors and ensure they work to our high standards.

The aftermath of a fire is very stressful. Let us take some of that stress off your shoulders and get your home liveable once more. For a fire restoration company that cares, call SERVPRO of South Shreveport at (318) 865-4655.

Why does SERVPRO Use Riding Equipment to Save Drenched Carpets?

10/20/2020 (Permalink)

photo of rover riding wet vac SERVPRO's "Rover" exemplifies the advanced equipment we use to mitigate water damage to carpets for our Shreveport customers

We Use Special Water Mitigation Equipment to Protect Our Shreveport Customers from Unnecessary Losses

Hurricanes and storms can create appalling messes outside, but the water that ends up trapped inside your Shreveport home needs immediate assessment and extraction. SERVPRO’s professionals know that proper restoration requires a concentrated effort from a knowledgeable team, equipped with the advanced machinery to provide our valued customers with the results they want and deserve.

The absorbency of different materials is plain to see when comparing a concrete garage floor to plush carpeting inside the adjoining home. Our extensive experience lets us provide tailored water mitigation services to our Shreveport customers. When carpeting gets wet, we need to act quickly and with powerful machinery that can remove the water without damaging the fibers, backing, or padding. Damage to any of these components can ruin an expensive carpet. Not being able to extract water from the lowest areas of the pad can leave a house at risk of mold and mildew.

Using our rover riding extractors for large volumes of water extraction aids in rapid carpet drying. These machines do this because of their built-in functions:

  • The weight of the technician operating the extractor helps compress the carpet and squeezes the water out,
  • As the suction continuously draws the water out uniformly, and
  • The wheels allow for turning tight corners.

Other machines help draw moisture from other areas of your home, minimizing the amount of water vapor that circulates. These include

  • Heaters to keep water as a vapor,
  • Desiccant machines that snatch humidity from the air as it passes through the machine, to
  • Forced air machines that dry the interiors of floors and walls.

When your family needs someone to mitigate water damage and keep things from worsening, as well as repair any existing damages, SERVPRO of South Shreveport is your go-to team. Call (318) 865-4655 for fast service from helpful professionals that want to make it “Like it never even happened,” for you.