Flooding once again closes road to Louisiana wildlife refuge
ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. (AP) - High water levels have forced the main road into a Louisiana wildlife refuge to close, days after it reopened for the first time since 2016.
The Advocate reported Sunday that access to the Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge in St. Francisville has been limited since flooding washed out the only road leading in about three years ago. That road was reopened last month but, flooding from the Mississippi River forced officials to shut it back down days later.
Officials said the river has recently exceeded 24 feet (7 meters,) and forecasters say water may not recede until next month, or later.
The newspaper says visitors worldwide come to the park to view a nearly 100-foot (30-meter) bald cypress tree that's one of the largest in the country.
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