Posted: Aug 30, 2012 11:06 AM
Source: Ascension Parish
GONZALES - Swelling of the Amite River has led officials in Ascension Parish to close waterways.
Parish officials expect river levels on the Amite River at Port Vincent to be above flood stage at that location this weekend. Flood stage at that site is 8 feet, according to the USGS website.
Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez announced all waterways in the parish will be closed until further notice to recreational boat traffic starting at 4 p.m.
"We are closing recreational boat traffic to prevent damage to property, and because of safety concerns with debris in the water," President Martinez said. "Our law enforcement agencies will need total access in order to respond to those in need during this storm event."
Sandbags are available at Lamar-Dixon Expo Center and at the following locations:
The two temporary storm shelter locations located at Donaldsonville High School and Dutchtown High School, have finished operations and will be closed at 3 p.m. today.