Waterways open to boat traffic  in Ascension, Livingston parishes

Waterways in Ascension and Livingston parishes opened noon Monday to recreational boat traffic after a nearly two-weeklong closure, officials in the two parishes said.

Heavy rainfall that drenched the Baton Rouge region and floating debris in waterways prompted the closure 6 p.m. Jan. 9., officials in the two parishes have said.

The joint decision earlier this month affected a number of navigable rivers and bayous in the two parishes, including the Amite River and Amite River Diversion Canal. Both waterways serve, in sections, as the border between Ascension and Livingston.

The closure’s end Monday did not come until nearly 12 days later, after days of dropping water levels and clear blue skies.

“We shut them down together and opened them together,” said Mark Harrell, director of the Livingston Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.