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Acadiana Curfews for Hurricane Laura

Posted at 2:41 PM, Aug 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-07 11:58:50-04

We're putting all curfews announced because of Hurricane Laura in this story.

Here's what we have so far:

Acadia Parish: UPDATE (8/29): Morse, Estherwood and the unincorporated areas of Acadia parish west of Highway 13 will be under a curfew Saturday, August 29, due to power outages from 10pm to 5 am.

Calcasieu Parish: There's a mandatory evacuation order in place for the entire parish, but the sheriff also has set a dusk to dawn curfew (7 p.m. - 6 a.m.) in the parish until further notice. The curfew affects everyone except essential personnel, who should have their work IDs with them at all times.

Evangeline Parish: Chief Neal Lartigue issues curfew information: Due to the severe weather expected from Hurricane Laura, The city of Ville Platte has put a curfew in effect beginning August 26, 2020 (Wednesday). The curfew times are 8:00 pm until 5:00 am. This curfew applies to vehicles on the roadway and foot traffic. Exceptions are: reporting to work or a medical emergency. This curfew will remain in effect and enforced until further notice.

Iberia Parish: UPDATE (8/31): On August 31, the original curfew set on August 25 and modified on August 28 for the municipalities of Delcambre, Jeanerette, Loreauville, and New Iberia was rescinded and terminated.

Jeff Davis Parish: UPDATE (9/3) Effective Thursday, September 3, 2020 the parish curfew will be in effect from 10:00 pm til sunrise. Businesses are starting to open and Sheriff Woods wants to provide people with time to obtain supplies and pick up food for their families. He says that more people return to the area to check on there homes and make repairs. The curfew is in place to minimize traffic interfering with the Electrical workers repairing power lines and to aid law enforcement in protecting homes and businesses from damage or looting.
Sheriff Woods reminds citizens that barricades are up on some roadways in the parish due to power lines and debris on the roadway. They were placed there for your protection and to provide a safe work area for the utilities workers. DO NOT DRIVE AROUND BARRICADES!

Lafayette Parish: UPDATE (8/28) After the curfew for Hurricane Laura ended on Thursday, September 28, Lafayette Parish was placed back under its regular curfew relating to COVID-19.

On September 28, Mayor-President Josh Guillory has extended his emergency proclamation regarding COVID-19 until 11:59 p.m. on September 11, 2020.

The proclamation includes the following:

  • The travel and movement of unaccompanied minors within Lafayette Parish is restricted in the following manner: During the hours of 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., unaccompanied minors within Lafayette Parish are not allowed in any public place or place open to the public, including (but not limited to) the streets of Lafayette Parish, during the hours of 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Unaccompanied minors who are employed and are required to travel within Lafayette Parish during curfew hours may be exempted from this travel restriction on a case-by-case basis.
  • There shall be no congregating or loitering on sidewalks, streets or public areas in the area bound by Evangeline Thruway, West Congress Street, Lafayette Street, University Avenue, and Johnston Street, specifically including, but not limited to, Parc Sans Souci, Parc de Lafayette, Parc Putnam, Parc International, Jefferson Street, and any other public gathering areas or greenspaces within this geographic area (commonly referred to as "the downtown area"). Exempted from this order area queues for entry into a lawfully operating business of 20 persons or less, provided that the persons in such queue observe proper social distancing measures. Violation of this portion of the emergency declaration shall subject the violator to a citation under Louisiana Revised Statute 29:727(G) which provides for a Five Hundred ($500) Dollar fine and up to six (6) months in jail or both.
  • City-Parish Hall and the Public Works Building shall be closed to the public; however, the drive-thru services shall remain operational for servicing the public.

St. Landry Parish: UPDATE (8/27): St. Landry Parish president Jessie Bellard announced the parish-wide curfew has been canceled effective August 27. The cleanup of debris in the parish from Hurricane Laura is underway and proceeding quickly.

St. Martin Parish: UPDATE (8/27): Effective immediately, Parish President Chester Cedars has rescinded the curfew for St. Martin Parish that was set for this evening, August 27, 2020. For anyone needing further information or assistance related to Hurricane Laura, please contact the St. Martin Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness by calling (337) 394-2808.

St. Mary Parish: UPDATE (8/28): Sheriff Blaise Smith advises that the St. Mary Parish Curfew is now lifted.

Vermilion Parish: UPDATE (8/28): Vermilion Parish Sheriff Mike Couvillon says he will be lifting the curfew immediately that was implemented for Vermilion Parish. Even though this curfew is lifted, Couvillon asks that residents check with local municipalities on their curfews and use courtesy for their neighbors. The sheriff says that some homes and properties have taken on water or have been damaged due to wind and surge. As people restore their lives, he asks that residents work to help out in any way they can.

While the sheriff has lifted the parish curfew, a curfew from 8:00 p.m. to 6 a.m. will remain in effect for the City of Abbeville. The curfew will remain in effect until electricity is restored in the city.