Recreational boating banned in New Orleans area

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High waters in the area forced the closure. Photo courtesy WBRZ.

High waters in the area forced the closure. Photo courtesy WBRZ.

State officials in New Orleans have closed all waterways in Assumption Parish to recreational boating. The decision was made Wednesday at a parish policy jury meeting. Among the activities that are included in the ban are poker runs and bass fishing tournaments. Commercial boating is still permitted.

According to WBRZ2, the local ABC affiliate, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents are patrolling the area and will issue citations to anyone they find boating. There is no word when the waterways will be re-opened. Additionally, several roadways in the parish are closed. 

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