Posted: Sep 21, 2011 5:39 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
EUNICE, La. (AP) - The Eunice City Lake is being drained so it can be restocked with new fish.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says the lake is being drained as part of a $1 million rehabilitation project. Once the lake is drained, the existing fish populations will be taken out and the lake will be restocked with bass, bluegill, redear sunfish and sac-a-lait. The water level in the lake will remain low for about 18 months while the project is completed.
All this work is part of a rehabilitation plan for a Union Pacific Railroad explosion in May 2000. In the explosion, hazardous materials and chemicals potentially were released. Officials have said the fish in the lake were safe to eat, but residents still felt uneasy about fishing in the lake.