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Calcasieu Parish bracing for Hurricane Laura

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Posted at 2:42 PM, Aug 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-26 15:42:45-04

The Calcasieu Parish Executive Policy Group, at its Wednesday public briefing, reminded Calcasieu Parish residents of the Mandatory Evacuation, issued Tuesday, and said they still had time to leave before tropical storm force winds set in this afternoon.

Hurricane Laura is expected to make landfall late tonight or early Thursday morning as a Category 4 hurricane, with winds higher than 125 mph and storm surges of more than 13 feet.

A reminder of the dusk-to-dawn (7 p.m.-6 a.m.) curfew that starts tonight and continues until it is deemed safe to lift it. The curfew affects all residents, except those who are considered essential personnel. Essential employees should have their work IDs with them at all times.

Sandbag locations are still open but sites have not been replenished so supplies may be gone or limited.

All Calcasieu Parish Police Jury offices and buildings will be closed Thursday, Aug. 27. The Residential Solid Waste Convenience Centers in Lake Charles and Sulphur will also be closed.

Camping at Calcasieu Parish Parks and all parish boat launches will also be closed.

Waste Management has suspended all garbage and trash pickup on Thursday and will update residents on Thursday. Visit wm.com/alerts for up-to-date service information.

Ahead of the hurricane, boil advisories have been issued for the Mossville Water District, the Big Lake Water District and the Mallard Water District until further notice.

All residents in the affected areas should disinfect their water before consuming it (including fountain drinks), making ice, brushing teeth, or using it for food preparation by boiling water for one full minute in a clean container. The one-minute starts after the water has been brought to a rolling boil. The water’s flat taste can be eliminated by shaking the water in a clean bottle, pouring it from one clean container to another, or by adding a small pinch of salt to each quart of water that is boiled.