POINTE COUPEE PARISH, La. (WAFB) - The barge that will be sunk in Bayou Chene has arrived and will be sunk ahead of schedule.
In a tweet from the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA), officials confirmed the barge has been moved into place. The barge will be positioned in Bayou Chene at the temporary floodgate site to prevent backwater from flooding parts of Assumption, lower St. Martin, Iberville, St. Mary, and Terrebonne parishes.
Originally scheduled to sink Thursday, May 30, officials also said once onsite, crews will begin submerging the vessel. The process will take about eight hours and is expected to be completed Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the Corps is enforcing a temporary safety zone in the Bayou Chene area, which will remain in effect until 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 30. All mariners are to keep a minimum distance of two nautical miles within Bayou Chene Light - 4. No vessel or person is allowed to operate in the safety zone unless authorized by the captain of the port or designated representative.
The Coast Guard says until further notice, the Bayou Boeuf Lock will remain open to all navigation and will serve as the only east to west route from Port Arthur, Texas or New Orleans.