Local waterways opening back up after recent heavy rains

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – There is some good news for local boaters this weekend.

Waterways in Ascension Parish and Livingston Parish are back open as of Friday morning.

Ascension Parish released this statement which includes exactly when travel along the rivers would be closed down again:

Ascension Parish President Clint Cointment announced today that all waterways in the Parish
will reopen to recreational boat traffic at 8:00 am Friday, April 23.

President Cointment consulted with Parish DPW and OHSEP staff, as well as Livingston Parish
officials, in making the decision.

President Cointment’s administration has promulgated a set of guidelines, which is being
submitted to the Council for adoption, that establishes criteria for waterway closures and
removes all the guesswork and subjective decision making.

According to the guidelines, “when the river gauge at Port Vincent reaches 4 feet or the river
gauge at French Settlement reaches 3 feet, the waterways will be determined to be a minor to
moderate threat to properties lying along the shoreline, and it shall be ordered that all vessels
traversing along any waterway in this parish will do so at idle only speed when passing any
physically man-made structure along the shoreline, until such time as the river gauge falls
below 4 feet at Port Vincent or 3 feet at French Settlement.”

“When the river gauge at Port Vincent reaches 6 feet or the river gauge at French Settlement
reaches 3.6 feet the waterways will automatically close to all recreational traffic and river travel
for recreational purposes will be halted until the river gauge falls below 6 feet at Port Vincent or
3.6 feet at French Settlement.”

Livingston Parish also opened up their waterways at the same time on Friday morning:

In conjunction with Ascension Parish, Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks and the Livingston Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness are reopening all Livingston Parish waterways to all traffic effective at 8:00 am on Friday, April 23, 2021.  Though the river gauges show the water levels below flood stage, please be mindful of creating wakes near homes and camps along the bank.

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