Livingston Parish Ordinance Committee will revisit establishing safety regulations on the Amite River

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LIVINGSTON PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) – The Livingston Parish Ordinance Committee failed to discuss new safety protocols for the Amite River.

The Thursday meeting comes after multiple rescues and several deaths at Tiki Tubing.

Members of the Livingston Parish Ordinance Committee said they want to revisit the topic and first hear from family members who are pushing for new protocols.

Lisa Hilliard witnessed her husband drown at Tiki Tubing In June. 

“Who do I gather with when me and my boys are praying?” she asked in front of committee members.

There are currently no laws on the books to regulate safety measures for tubing businesses in the parish. Hilliard is asking the committee to consider adding signs at Tiki Tubing explaining the history and depth of the river.

“There should be a sign posted about the Amite River and the history thereof. The depth of the water, so that customers and patrons know what they are getting into — we did not get that,” Hilliard said.

Parish President, Layton Ricks said the goal is not to shut down the business, but he is pushing for regulations like requiring a lifevest.

“Someone can monitor the water if it’s risen to the point. Whatever the ordinance might decide three, five, seven inches whatever they decide, if they make that decision then we can shut it down for the day if the water is too high,” he said.

Ricks is also suggesting ordinances for a buddy system, bags for personal items and color-code the river conditions.

“Maybe they can hire a deputy or a camera system or something like that in place,” he said.

Hilliard believes the purpose of her husband’s death is for her to prevent tragedies like hers. 

“Please inform the consumers prior to entering the water the dangers of the water because we did not get that,” Hilliard said.

The ordinance committee will meet next Tuesday to determine possible safety regulations and then introduce their ideas to the parish council. 

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