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  • False River improvements enter final step Play Video

    May 15, 2015 5:28 PM

    NEW ROADS - The final phase of work to improve the water quality of False River is underway. Crews are building a 16-acre island on the south end of the oxbow lake. Last fall, Pointe Coupee Parish leaders lowered the water level by nearly three feet. Then contractors built... more »
  • Drawdown of False River extended another 45 days

    March 11, 2015 11:13 AM

    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... more »
  • 1st phase of False River restoration nearly complete

    February 20, 2015 2:18 PM

    NEW ROADS - State and local officials say construction efforts intended to improve the water quality of False River continue to move forward according to the long-term plan recommended by the False River Watershed Commission. State Rep. Major Thibaut said contractors are currently in the process of removing sediment... more »
  • False River officials address drawdown concerns Play Video

    January 28, 2015 10:13 PM

    NEW ROADS - More than a dozen residents living along and around False River say their property is changing since the water level was dropped last year. The False River drawdown was implemented to revive the lake and remove silt, to make sure it sustains itself for years to... more »
  • Some say False River drawdown caused property damage Play Video

    January 21, 2015 5:24 PM

    NEW ROADS - Some residents are concerned that the drawdown of False River could be damaging their property along the popular oxbow lake. The drawdown of False River began in September as the first step toward rehabilitating the once thriving fishing spot. People can tell the effect the drawdown... more »
  • Levee work begins on False River Play Video

    November 24, 2014 5:03 PM

    NEW ROADS - Work has begun to build a ring levee on the south flat of False River to improve the water quality in the popular oxbow lake. Contractors started work on the ring levee Monday and hope to have it finished by the end of January. Another contractor... more »
  • Netting season gets early start at False River Play Video

    October 7, 2014 6:38 PM

    NEW ROADS - Anglers are reeling in cash on False River after the commercial netting season opened a month early. Fishermen say the 30-day head start is crucial to their yearly income. The season usually lasts from November to February, giving commercial anglers a very small window of opportunity.... more »
  • False River drawdown exposes banks, trash Play Video

    September 16, 2014 3:28 PM

    NEW ROADS - Some Pointe Coupee residents are taking advantage of the exposed shorelines during the False River drawdown. The drawdown of False River from 16 to 13.5 feet above sea level began on Sept. 2. It's part of a plan to improve water quality in the popular oxbow... more »
  • Drawdown begins on False River, aims to improve wildlife Play Video

    September 2, 2014 5:52 PM

    POINTE COUPEE - False River is lower today as the first-ever, man-induced drawdown begins on the oxbow lake. It's part of a plan to rehabilitate the area. State and local leaders are lowering the water so contractors can pump out waste and unwanted sediment. It should result in much... more »
  • False River rehab begins today Play Video

    September 1, 2014 4:31 PM

    NEW ROADS - The drawdown of False River from 16 feet above sea level to 13.5 feet above sea level will begin Tuesday. The Pointe Coupee police jury will oversee the drawdown of the river which will take place over a three week period with the water level being... more »
  • Drawdown of False River to begin Sept. 2

    August 27, 2014 11:18 AM

    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... more »
  • 19-year-old drowning victim's body found in False River Play Video

    July 14, 2014 5:44 PM

    OSCAR - Sheriff's deputies said dive teams have found the body of Marlon Sharper, 19, who fell into the False River in Pointe Coupee Parish Monday afternoon. Capt. Steve Juge with the Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff's Office said a the man fell into the river at the Old Bonaventure's... more »
  • Boaters celebrate Fourth of July on False River Play Video

    July 4, 2014 3:10 PM

    NEW ROADS - Many boaters took advantage of the beautiful Fourth of July weather by cruising False River. B.J. Burnett brought his sons and their friends out for a tubing trip. Burnett says it's nice to make memories on the water. "Just out here on the river having... more »
  • False River reopened, Blind River gate closed

    June 5, 2014 12:10 PM

    NEW ROADS - Parish officials reopened False River to recreational boating Thursday morning, though some other restrictions on area waterways remained in effect. The Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff's Office said the river had fallen below an acceptable level, and encouraged people to stay safe. Ascension Parish officials said... more »
  • False River could be reopened soon

    June 4, 2014 12:34 PM

    NEW ROADS - Authorities said Wednesday they hope to reopen the swollen False River in Pointe Coupee Parish before this weekend, depending on how much water levels decrease. The river is currently closed and at 17.5 feet, and still a threat to homes and properties on the river according... more »
  • False River closed to boaters

    May 29, 2014 11:33 AM

    POINTE COUPEE - False River has been closed to boaters due to high water. The Pointe Coupee police jury made the decision because the water level has reached 18 feet, requiring the closure. The river is still several feet from flood stage. The U.S. Army Corps of... more »
  • Deacon blesses boats on False River

    May 25, 2014 4:59 PM

    NEW ROADS - The Pointe Coupee Kiwanis Club held its annual blessing of the boats on False River Sunday. One after the other boaters passed down False River for a blessing from a deacon with the summer boating season underway. Deacon Bob McDonner says he's seen quite a few... more »
  • Body of missing woman found in river Play Video

    March 30, 2014 7:08 PM

    NEW ROADS - Point Coupee Parish deputies have positively identified a body found in False River as a missing nursing home resident with dementia. Investigators found the body of Isla Lazare in the river. Deputies suspect drowning as the cause of death. On March 27, Lazare went missing... more »
  • State working to restore False River fishing Play Video

    January 22, 2014 5:57 PM

    NEW ROADS - A council created by the state legislature is working to restore fishing in False River. Today the False River Watershed Council (FRWC) held an open house in New Roads to discuss progress to create fish habitats and plans to reduce silt in the oxbow lake. ... more »
  • Water quality fight begins on False River

    October 22, 2013 11:40 PM

    NEW ROADS - Crews will begin a fight Wednesday to upgrade the water quality of the habitat of False River. Spawning beds are being installed as part of a larger effort to improve the popular body of water. Nine go up this week. Parish leaders say they hope... more »
  • Restoration work coming to False River Play Video

    September 13, 2013 5:51 PM

    NEW ROADS - After six hours of fishing on the False River, Mike Kilcrease came back empty-handed. Skill had nothing to do with it, though: it's the lack of fish in the river. For 30 years fishermen have watched their catch crumble, and now yearn for the days... more »
  • False River stages state's largest water balloon fight Play Video

    July 4, 2013 6:10 PM

    JARREAU - Hundreds of people came out to False River to celebrate the 4th of July and take part in what could be the state's largest water balloon fight. "To be honest with you, that huge water balloon fight going on out there, if that's not the coolest thing... more »
  • Dredging and drawdown planned for False River Play Video

    December 3, 2012 5:21 PM

    NEW ROADS - A dredging and drawdown on False River could begin within the next two years. State Representative Major Thibaut, D-Oscar, updated the Baton Rouge Press Club about a comprehensive plan involving the oxbow lake. Thibaut says it utilizes local, state and federal resources. One of the... more »
  • False River celebrates freedom with boats, water balloons

    July 4, 2012 5:55 PM

    NEW ROADS- The False River Boat Parade drew hundreds to the oxbow lake to celebrate Independence Day with friends and family. The traditional celebration's theme for this year was 'Save Our Saints,' something that had people decorating their piers and boats with 'Bounty-Gate' references. "I just decided to... more »
  • Water balloons, boat parade on tap for False River

    July 4, 2012 10:11 AM

    NEW ROADS - The traditional Fourth of July boat parade is underway at False River. Boaters and revelers alike will arm themselves with thousands of water balloons for what could be the state's largest water war. The tradition also features boats and piers decorated in theme to honor... more »
  • LDWF patrols waterways for holiday safety Play Video

    May 28, 2012 5:29 PM

    NEW ROADS - Wildlife and Fisheries agents spent Memorial Day enforcing boating laws. During routine boat checks, agents asked boaters to see sufficient life jackets, a fire extinguisher and the boat's registration. Last year, LDWF arrested more than 100 people for driving boats while intoxicated. more »
  • "Swamp People" themed celebration on False River

    July 4, 2011 6:03 PM

    FALSE RIVER, La.- Hundreds of people took to the water to celebrate Independence Day on False River in Pointe Coupee Parish. Today marked the 29th annual False River 4th of July Boat Parade. This year the parade theme was "Swamp People" based on the hit reality TV series. ... more »
  • False River study funds released

    January 21, 2011 10:14 AM

    NEW ROADS- The first of three federal funding installments needed to complete a 10-year study to determine how best to improve False River's declining water quality has been released. The Baton Rouge Advocate reported on Friday that the announcement by the Army Corps of Engineers likely means the ongoing... more »
  • False River study given final funds

    December 1, 2010 6:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The federal government is giving the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers the $400,000 it needs to finish its nine-year study on how to improve False River's declining water quality. A lack of federal funding has been the main hang-up for the state and many of the... more »
  • False River drawdown postponed

    August 16, 2010 6:17 AM

    State officials say the plan to lower False River's water levels to improve the decaying lake's water quality has been postponed indefinitely. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cancelled the drawdown until the ongoing study by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is complete. The study has two parts.... more »
  • Residents split over False River draw down

    July 13, 2010 10:25 PM

    People who live and play on False River have split views on its future. It's all over lowering the water level in the lake. The soot in False River has built up and choked out the fish. The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries decided weeks ago that lowering False... more »
  • Water balloons fly over False River

    July 4, 2010 6:38 PM

    Thousands of people turned out to False River Sunday afternoon to celebrate the country's independence. The traditional boat parade, now in its 28th year, boasts dozens of decorated boats. This year's theme, "What does BP mean to you?" had several boats creatively decorated, all taking aim at the oil company... more »
  • Local airport goes green with solar panels

    May 19, 2010 6:33 PM

    The False River Regional Air Park the first airport in the world to use a solar panel to power lights along its runway, according to leaders with The Department of Transportation and Development. DOTD replaced old lamps parallel to the runway with 164 new LED lights that they believe... more »
  • Lake drawdown proposed for False River

    March 10, 2010 6:19 AM

    The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries outlined preliminary plans to temporarily drawdown the water levels in False River starting in the fall. The plan calls for a slow reduction of water levels at a rate of two inches per day starting after Labor Day and continuing into late January.... more »
  • New Roads Mardi Gras revelry set to get underway

    February 16, 2010 10:04 AM

    Thousands of revelers will converge on the city of New Roads for a Fat Tuesday of food, fun and two traditional parades. New Roads boasts of being the oldest Mard Gras tradition in Louisiana, outside the city of New Orleans. The 88th Community Center Carnival Parade rolls at... more »
  • Boater pleads not guilty to deaths on False River

    December 8, 2009 11:32 AM

    A man accused in the deaths of three men on the False River in New Roads last September pleaded not guilty Tuesday. Jerry Jordan, of Lafayette, is charged with three counts of vehicular homicide. Investigators say he was drunk when his boat crashed into another. Christopher Austin, Brian Doherty and... more »

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