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Residents upset with boat traffic along Calcasieu River

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Calcasieu River (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC) Calcasieu River (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)

Over the weekend, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office and the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness decided to close the Calcasieu River north of the Saltwater Barrier to all recreational use due to flooding; and the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury President Kevin Guidry signed an emergency declaration for a State of Emergency.

"It's the safest thing to do at the time so it's closed right now and will be closed until the water starts receding," said Sheriff Tony Mancuso. 

Officials involved did, however, leave it open for commercial use and residents who had been flooded out to check on their property.

But residents along the river on Goos Ferry Road in Moss Bluff, like Vickie Parker, said commercial traffic is traveling too fast, causing a wake.

"If they could just slow them down," she said. "If they're going to allow them, just slow them down."

Parker said the wakes are causing even more trouble for her neighbors.

"Across the river, from us, someone is building a new home and that home is flooded right now and so with that wave that they were pushing that's so much more that is going into that home," Parker said.

Commercial traffic is controlled by the Coast Guard, which said it has been made aware of the situation.

"We have to facility commerce while also protecting the environment and the personal property of our citizens as such as basically ordered and told our mariners to proceed at a safe speed for navigation, but we are still allowing commerce to continue while the facilities can navigate," said Peter Bizzario, public relations officer with the U.S. Coast Guard. 

Mancuso said they will continue to monitor the waters until it is safe for the ban to be lifted.

"They're out there patrolling and watching," he said. 

OEP officials estimate the river will recede later this week and once it reaches a safe level, the river will be open again for all use. 

To take a closer look at the river levels near you, click HERE

You can contact the Coast Guard at  337-912-0073 to report an issue.

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