Posted: Jan 12, 2013 7:02 PM by Kristen Holloway
Updated: Jan 12, 2013 7:09 PM
Jeff Davis Parish is preparing for the worst after declaring a state of emergency in the Parish. Rain water run off from the Mermentau River has caused Lake Arthur to rise with potential to breech the levees. A meeting was held earlier today at the Lake Arthur community center to discuss the potential dangers. With three inches remaining until water overflows, town officials expect Lake Arthur to breach the levees at some point over the weekend. At the public meeting this morning town officials discussed how they plan to move forward. They are asking that residents who live in low lying areas are asked to leave their home but it's not mandatory. they also say take the proper precautions before water comes over the levees by raising furniture and placing sandbags around your home. Lake Arthur police are offering sandbags if needed. Mayor Betrand says after hearing the national weather service estimate the river would rise this weekend, he felt the need to be proactive.
"I knew that it was time to call the community together and just tell them what we were doing, what they could possibly expect, what to prepare for and they can make good decisions on behalf of themselves. One could say based on the projections why are we doing all of this, well we have to try," said Betrand.
A mandatory curfew has been put into effect immediately for the town from 10p.m. to 6p.m. No one is to be on the roads during that time. Police say roads are still passable at this time but there is limited access to the lake front.