GONZALES — Livingston and Ascension parish officials closed the Amite River and the Amite River Diversion Canal to recreational boat traffic Monday following intense rain from the remnants of Hurricane Patricia, Ascension parish officials said.
Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez issued an executive order early Monday after speaking with Livingston officials. They jointly deciding on the closure, Ascension officials said in a news release.
The officials cited high water and floating debris in the river and canal, which roughly divide the two parishes.
Ascension Parish officials said the waterways will be closed until further notice.
Severe rain from Patricia, once a Category 5 hurricane off the west coast of Mexico, dropped 5 to 10 inches of rain in a 24-hour period across the Baton Rouge area, including Livingston and Ascension, according to U.S. National Weather Service.
Readings at 7 a.m. Monday showed about 7.68 inches had fallen at Baton Rouge Metro Airport, 6.15 inches in Denham Springs, 5 to 7 inches in Gonzales and 10.35 inches in Livingston.
The Amite River at Port Vincent was nearly 2.5 feet below flood stage at 2:15 p.m. Monday but had risen sharply over the past 36 hours and was still rising, U.S. Geological Survey data say. Farther downstream on the Amite at French Settlement, the river also was rising and, at 4.5 feet at 2 p.m., was already one-half foot above flood stage.