POINTE COUPEE PARISH, LA (WAFB) - UPDATED SATURDAY, SEPT. 3: New Roads City Councilman Kurt Kellerman said agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and deputies with the Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff's Office patrolled False River Saturday morning and decided the boat launches will open at noon.
POSTED THURSDAY, SEPT. 1: Officials in Pointe Coupee Parish announced False River will be closed to recreational boating until further notice.
The Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury said all parish operated boat launches that launch into the river are closed.
"The high water level and the amount of debris in False River presents a significant safety issue for watercraft," a written release stated.
Jurors added they recommend all private boat launches to the river also close until it is safe to operate watercraft.
Parish officials said once they confirm the water level has dropped to 17', the sheriff and agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will inspect the river for debris.
Based on the rate current water levels are declining, a lake inspection team comprised of the PCPSO and LDWF is being assembled to conduct a survey of the river at 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 3. Upon completion of the survey, and barring any significant rain events, the official notification deeming False River open to the public and boaters will be released.
They added the river will be reopened to boat traffic when once it is deemed safe.
For more information, visit www.pcpolicejury.org.