Mar 23, 2012 7:25 AM by AP
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - High water is forcing closure of the Red River public boat launching ramps operated by the Red River Waterway Commission in Rapides, Red River, Natchitoches, Winn, Grant, Rapides and Avoyelles parishes.
The closures are taking effect Friday. The public boat ramps were closed in Caddo and Bossier parishes on Monday.
The Town Talk reports heavy rainfall in the Red River Valley has resulted in a rise in the river throughout southeast Oklahoma, northeast Texas, southwest Arkansas and Louisiana. As a result, the docks will remain under water through much of the next few days.
The Red River Waterway Commission says the launches will be reopened as soon as conditions permit the public to utilize the ramps safely.