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Officials re-schedule False River drawdown after delay due to flooding

Flooding in False River during August rain event (Source: Viewer submitted) Flooding in False River during August rain event (Source: Viewer submitted)
Flooding in False River during August rain event (Source: Viewer submitted) Flooding in False River during August rain event (Source: Viewer submitted)
Flooding in False River during August rain event (Source: Viewer submitted) Flooding in False River during August rain event (Source: Viewer submitted)
POINTE COUPEE PARISH, LA (WAFB) -

A drawdown that was planned in Pointe Coupee Parish had to be delayed a week because of the historic flooding.

Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries were scheduled to begin lowering False River on to help improve water quality and decrease sedimentation. The process was set to begin on September 6 and was supposed to end in January 2017. 

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Instead, the water is being lowered due to August's historic flooding. Officials say the start of draw down will be pushed back to Tuesday, Sept. 13. 

In order to officially start drawing down False River, the water needs to be below 16’ and right now, it’s still too high.

Engineers said there was no harm to beginning the drawdown on Sept. 6, but they recommended the delay as a safety precaution in case. 

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