Cypress Island status

Katherine King, director of the Nature Conservancy’s Breaux Bridge office and the Cypress Island Program, had to this to say Aug. 26 about the Cypress Island Preserve and the Visitor’s Center at Lake Martin, following the devastating floods last month:

082216 11The Cypress Island Preserve took a pretty big hit, being the low point of the Acadiana area. Basically, the Teche and the Vermilion are connected right now (Aug. 26). Water was flowing the wrong way initially and is now slowly draining back to the Teche, but the channel opening is small.”

Good news – water did not get into the Welcome Center but it came very close, as you can see by the photo King provided. But the boardwalk took a hit as did some low-lying buildings where materials are stored.

To date, the waters have receded but the area will need help getting back on track. They will need volunteers to help with the clean-up.

Stay tuned for more information on how you can help or call the Visitor’s Center at

(337) 342-2475.