As they prepare for the arrival of Barry, Pointe Coupee Parish officials have been slowly drawing down False River so there’s more drainage capacity for the expected heavy rains.
[Update, 10 a.m. Saturday: Barry has been upgraded to a hurricane.]
The drawdown began Monday and continued Friday.
Parish President Major Thibaut said the level of False River, a critical waterway, has fallen 2 feet.
“Two-thirds of our parish drains into False River,” Thibaut said.
Officials this month will begin filtering and dumping sediment from False River onto a neighboring property, the first time that particular ta…
Thibaut said he’s hoping that move as well as months of clearing out major canals in the parish, many that hadn’t been touched in decades, will spare the parish from significant flooding.
“It just depends on how fast the rain comes down,” he said. “We can handle slow sustained rain.”