TANGIPAHOA PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Strong easterly wind and high tides have flooded parts of the Maurepas Swamp and Joyce Wildlife Management Areas (WMA), resulting in closures in some portions of the WMAs.
Boyce Tower Road past the bridge and the nature trail off Old Hwy. 51 at the southeast end of Maurepas Swamp WMA have been closed. The Swamp Walk at Joyce WMA also has been closed due to flooding.
Once the flooding recedes, wildlife officials will inspect and repair any damage and reopen the closed areas.
Maurepas Swamp WMA, which consists of 122,098 acres, is located approximately 25 miles west of New Orleans and along the south shore of Lake Maurepas west to near Sorrento. The WMA includes property in Ascension, Livingston, St. John the Baptist, St. James and Tangipahoa parishes.
Joyce WMA is a 27,487 acre tract located in southern Tangipahoa Parish five miles south of Hammond.
For more information on both WMAs, contact Forest Burks at 985-543-4781.