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Drawdown of False River extended another 45 days

1 year 7 months 2 weeks ago March 11, 2015 Mar 11, 2015 Wednesday, March 11 2015 March 11, 2015 10:13 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

NEW ROADS - The Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury has extended the drawdown of False River by an additional 45 days to help the ongoing restoration efforts in the oxbow lake's south end.

The extension of the drawdown was requested by state Rep. Major Thibaut, who told jurors keeping the lake's water level under its normal 16.5 feet elevation would help contractors building a 16.5-acre containment dike in the lake's southern region maintain their 315-day timeline for the project.

Thibaut said giving the containment dike time to bake in sunlight will minimize the amount of erosion on the dike's west side, reduce the risk of overtopping and the structure's potential failure during a storm event, curtail the lake's turbidity and improve the strength of its foundation.

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