BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) reopened Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area Monday, September 10, 2012. The area, which contains acreage in Ascension, Livingston, St. James and St. John the Baptist parishes, had been closed in advance of Hurricane Isaac's landfall.
According to LDWF, flood water is still overtopping the road near the Hope Canal boat launch access, and the road will remain closed until the water recedes and the road can be cleared of debris.
Additionally, Maurepas Swamp WMA users are advised that local parishes have some waterways within and around the WMA closed at this time. WMA users are advised to consult with the respective parish Sheriff's Office to ensure the waterways they intend to traverse are open before attempting to utilize the WMA.
Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks announced that all Livingston Parish waterways will reopen on September 11, 2012. This is in conjunction with Ascension Parish waterways.
LDWF sites that remain closed until further notice include the following WMAs and refuges: Elm Hall (Assumption Parish); Elmer's Island (Jefferson Parish); and that part of Pearl River WMA north of I-10 in St. Tammany Parish. Storm impacts affecting vehicle access and debris removal are ongoing at sites still closed.
The opening of the 2012 Wild Alligator Lottery Season has been postponed in Pearl River, Joyce, Manchac and Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Areas due to continuing impacts from Hurricane Isaac. The previously scheduled opening on Saturday, September 8, 2012 has been rescheduled for Wednesday, September 12, 2012.
For a complete list of state WMAs and refuges, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma.