French Quarter Fest boaters warned of strong river currents

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is advising the boating community to use caution on the Mississippi River during the French Quarter Fest in New Orleans, Wednesday.

Due to spring snow melt, the Mississippi River has crest in a high-water state increasing the risk of strong currents and floating debris making the river more hazardous to recreational boaters.

“The river is a challenging place even for the experienced licensed mariner,” said Cdr. Zac Ford, head of the Coast Guard Sector New Orleans Response Department. “We are urging boaters to exercise caution before going out on the river.”

The Coast Guard continues to work alongside interagency partners to ensure the safety of the public.

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