May 10, 2011 1:11 PM by Melissa Canone
- The Butte La Rose Rest Area Boat Landing is closed until further notice due to rising water.
- The Office of State Parks is reporting that effective at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 15, LakeFaussePointeState Park will close as a precautionary measure in anticipation of the opening of the Morganza Spillway. Visitors with reservations at LakeFaussePointeState Park from May 15 through May 27 will be contacted by Office of State Parks orReserveAmerica.com representatives. For the latest updates, visit www.lastateparks.com.
- Effective immediately, by orders of the St. Landry Parish Sheriff, Bobby Guidroz, ALL traffic is to remain off of the Atchafalaya River Levee from the North Ring Levee at Krotz Springs to the South Parish Line just below the Indian Bayou Game Management Area.
- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced today a schedule of closures for state wildlife management areas (WMAs) within the Mississippi Alluvial Valley due to flood water impacts.
- The site closures or WMA access road closures are being implemented in the interest of public and employee safety and to provide undisturbed refuge for wildlife species seeking high ground as flood waters rise.
- Effective today, within Dewey Wills WMA in LaSalle Parish, a portion of Muddy Bayou Road from Saline Bayou, eastward to Nolan Bayou Road, and Sandy Bayou Road southward from Highway 28, has been closed to vehicular traffic.
- Effective May 16, the following areas will be completely closed:
- Attakapas Island WMA (St. Martin/St. Mary/Iberia Parishes)
- Grassy Lake WMA (Avoyelles Parish)
- Sherburne WMA (Pointe Coupee/St. Martin/Iberville Parishes)
- Three Rivers WMA (Concordia Parish)
- The closures will remain in effect until the flood waters recede and all WMA access roads are determined to be safe for vehicle passage.
- Elementary school students will attend schools until the end of the school day on Tuesday, May 24th.
- Final exams will be rescheduled to May 23rd and 24th.
- Franklin Junior High and Franklin High School will have full school days through Thursday, May 26th with report cards distributed at the end of the school day.
- All other middle and high school students in St. Mary Parish will report to school on Thursday, May 26th to recieve report cards before an early dismissal.
- The reason the Franklin schools need to stay longer is because they need to meet the minimum instructional minutes mandated by the state.
- The decision to close the schools came about because of possible disruption to the school program due to preparation or clean-up of flooding.
- PORT BARRE, La. (AP) - The Army Corps of Engineers has closed the Indian Bayou Area to recreation because of high water.
The recreational area covers 28,500 acres in St. Landry and St. Martin parishes.
Local governments have called mandatory evacuations north and south of the area, which includes all-terrain vehicle and hiking trails. Levee boards have already prohibited access to levees in the area.
The Corps says the area will reopen after the floodwaters go down and local evacuation orders are lifted.
It says that's expected to take several weeks or more.