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Gate Broken at Cotile Lake

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COTILE LAKE, La. - The Rapides Parish Police Jury has a 35-thousand dollar problem out at Cotile Lake. News Channel Five's Nolan Crane shows us why it will most likely be months before the problem is fixed.

The gate is about twenty feet underwater and it's one of the gates latches that broke. I'm told the whole gate will have to be replaced. There are a lot of people out at the lake still in their boats and fishing.

Frank Perry and his family come to Cotile Lake during the summer to enjoy a good boat ride and some fishing.

"It's a great local resource and we come here as often as possible, you know to kick back, relax, enjoy the outdoors, leisure," says Frank Perry.

But lately, Frank has noticed that something is happening to the water level.

"You can see around here the water line is going down a little bit," says Frank Perry.

It turns out, Frank is right, and there's a reason why the water's going down. Dallas Lewis is a member of the Rapides Parish Police Jury, and he says two weeks ago, underneath this cement structure in Cotile Lake, one of the latches to a gate broke. So there is now an eight inch gap, causing the water to exit, and drain into Bayou Rapides. It will take a while before the problem will be permanently fixed.

"We hope in two months but it will probably be about winter time by the time we get the paper work done, get the parts ordered and delivered.

Lewis says this lake is used for irrigation for farmers, but he says it's not affecting them right now, but he says fishermen will need to take some precautions when they come out to the lake and cast their rods.

"Take heed and watch for stumps and be prepared for the water to be low, with the drought that were having right now," says Dallas Lewis.

Despite the lakes current condition and broken gate, frank and his family say it hasn't interfered with their fishing yet, so they'll still come to Cotile.

"Cotile Lake is a wonderful recreational resource for the Alexandria area and those in the local communities," says Frank Perry.

The police jury tell us that Friday morning a team of scuba divers will take a look at the damage and try to shut that gate, and close that gap, but they say that gate will probably have to be replaced, which we're told will take months.

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