Lake Bistineau closed to boat traffic

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June 7, 2015 — Lake Bistineau has been closed to boat traffic due to rising waters, according to Bossier and Webster parish officials.

Webster Parish Police Jury President Jim Bonsall and Bossier Parish Administrator Bill Altimus made the joint announcement Sunday after the National Weather Service predicted the Red River would crest at 37 feet Monday morning.

Lake Bistineau water levels have been rising steadily since Friday and with the revised crest level of the Red River, levels are expected to continue to go up. Camp owners along the lake are advised to closely monitor the situation, and officials believe water levels similar to 2009 may be expected.

For residents in the area, Bossier Parish is opening another sandbag distribution point. Individuals can pick up sandbags at the Tooke Memorial Library, 451 Fairview Point Road beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday. Assistance loading the sandbags will be available from 7 a.m. until dark; bags will be available 24 hours.