Red River boat launches remain closed

Friday, May 13, 2011 - 9:29am

Thursday, Governor Jindal warned, "we're not waiting for the flooding, we're telling our people to prepare for the worst."  And in northwest Louisiana, the Red River is also very high causing concern.

High levels, swift currents and debris are keeping public boat launches closed along the Red River in the Shreveport-Bossier area.  It's still 3 feet above the 18-foot danger level.  "The water's still high enough over the jetties and markers, so it's still pretty dangerous," said Lt. Donna Jackson of the Caddo Sheriff's Marine Patrol.

Right now, the risk of flooding is minimal, but can be dangerous if we get more rain.  The river remains 9 feet under the 30-foot flood stage.  The marine patrol predicts the river will be down to 19 feet by the end of the week.

Even once the river level lowers, the boat ramps will stay closed until the piers are cleaned up.  In the next couple of weeks, the Red River Waterway Commission will probably be able to work on digging out the piers and boat launches, said Lt. Jackson.

They expect to have the boat launches reopened by Memorial Day weekend.


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