Drawdown of False River to begin Sept. 2
NEW ROADS - The Pointe Coupee Police Jury announced on Tuesday their selection of a Texas contracting company to conduct False River dredging projects with drawdown of the river to begin on Sept. 2.
The police jury will oversee the drawdown of the river which will take place over a three week period with the water level being reduced by 1.5" inches per day until a target level is reached. According to engineering plans, False River will remain at this low level through March 2015.
Once drawdown is complete, RLB Contracting, Inc. of Port Lavaca, Texas will perform hydraulic dredging and construction of a containment dike in the South Flats of the oxbow lake.
The first phase of the project to improve water quality in False River will cost the state an estimated $2.7 million.
Owners of property and boats on False River are being cautioned by officials to protect their properties during the drawdown period. Boaters are advised to avoid shallow areas and use caution while traveling in the lake due to low water levels. Officials warned boat owners that access to boats stored on certain parts of the lake may be limited until the normal water level is restored.
Instead of caution, homeowners and camp residents are encouraged to use the low water levels to their advantage by taking the opportunity to clean the shoreline and do pier maintenance on their properties.
After the work is completed in March of next year, False River's return to its normal depth will depend upon rainfall totals.