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Ville Platte Mayor: Give thanks to God and get out the black pot

Posted at 7:24 PM, May 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-19 20:24:10-04

Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine urges her citizens to be careful and thank God in the wake of this morning’s storms.

In a call to all citizens, the mayor says the city is still under an emergency order and has a curfew in place until 7 a.m. tomorrow.

“We will have additional law enforcement, from State Police and other cities, patrolling the city tonight,” she said. “Cleco is in town, and they’re working as fast as they can. They’re going to work until 10 p.m. tonight and will start again at 6 a.m. tomorrow. We still have 2,500 people without power. Be prepared to have no power tonight. But they are here and working as fast as they can.”

The mayor reminded everyone that every intersection is a four-way stop, and that there is no school tomorrow “so keep the kids home and keep them off the streets because it is still dangerous out there.”

“We were hit very very hard, but thank God we did not have any deaths or serious injuries,” the mayor said. “Please, when you say your prayers tonight thank God for getting us out of this.”

Vidrine said if the power is out “you know what we do – get the black pots out, get the burners out, we’re going to sit in the backyard because it’s hot.”

She said if anyone needs help tomorrow, they should call City Hall.