“Hey guys, the river is closed,” says Director Dawn Williams, Richland Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness.
Effective Monday, the Richland Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness says the Beouf River between LA Highway 132 and the south end is closed to watercraft.
“There’s kids out playing in the water and boats are going around and around. They are washing all these waves and making wakes in everyone’s camp and their residence,” says Williams.
While showing our crews the high water levels, Richland Parish officials ran into two residents that decided they were still going to boat on the water.
“If we catch you back out on this water, we are going to impound this boat and you are going to jail,” says Deputy Bj Martien, Richland Parish Sheriff’s Office.
“Well that might happen. I am going to come and go,” says resident.
Their reason behind it…
“The river might be closed, but i live up yonder, and I’m going to my store,” says Resident.
But Williams says locals had plenty of warning that flooding was on the way.
“That’s why i did a mandatory evacuation for this area. I did that a couple of weeks ago to have everyone go ahead and move out while you could,” says Williams.
Williams along with other officials in the area say this declaration is not to keep people from getting around.
She says it’s their attempt to protect homes and the public’s safety.