Due to the excessive rainfall caused by Hurricane Barry, the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury and the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness have issued an Emergency Declaration to close the Calcasieu River and the English Bayou, effective immediately.
The closure order is for the Calcasieu River, English Bayou and all areas north of the Saltwater Barrier to the parish line, including the West Fork of the Calcasieu River.
The emergency declaration prohibits all recreational boat traffic on the Calcasieu River and the English Bayou.
All Calcasieu Parish boat launches are closed and barricades have been placed at each location. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Marine Division patrols will be out to enforce these closures.
The order will remain in place until river levels return to normal.