The Calcasieu Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness have issued the closure of the Calcasieu River to all recreational boat traffic.
That closure will begin at 5:00 pm Friday January 4, 2019. Emergency plans have been activated, according to the police jury.
The declaration prohibits all recreational boat traffic along the Calcasieu River, English Bayou and areas north of Interstate 10 to the Calcasieu Parish line.
The West Fork of the Calcasieu River is not included.
Commercial and law enforcement vessels/boats are exempt from the declaration. The order will remain in place until river levels return to normal.
Residents who need emergency help should call 911.