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Flooding closes deer hunting area in Atchafalaya Basin

Posted at 3:10 PM, Dec 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-31 16:10:56-05

Deer hunting in portions of Deer Area 5 in the Atchafalaya Basin has been closed due to flooding.

According to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Atchafalaya River has reached 15 feet mean sea level (msl) at Butte LaRose, triggering the closure.

Deer hunting in those portions of Iberville, St. Martin, St. Mary and Iberia parishes west of the East Atchafalaya Basin Protection Levee, east of the West Atchafalaya Basin Protection Levee and south of Alligator Bayou and Bayou Sorrel are closed. Deer hunting in the area will reopen when the river stage recedes to 14 feet msl at Butte LaRose.

LDWF will announce when the closure is lifted.