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Calcasieu Parish officials hold press conference on response to Delta

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Posted at 6:24 PM, Oct 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-10 19:27:06-04

Calcasieu Parish officials provided an update Saturday evening on the parish's response to Hurricane Delta.

At Saturday’s public briefing, Calcasieu Parish officials announced the resumption of the Parish Evacuation plan for residents needing transportation to shelter.

Residents may call 211 for shelter information or 911 if they cannot self-evacuate to the Burton Complex. Residents who can self-evacuate may drive to the Mega-shelter in Alexandria at 8125 Highway 71 South.

A dusk-to-dawn -7 p.m.-6 a.m.- curfew is in place in Calcasieu Parish. The curfew affects all residents, except those who are considered essential personnel. Essential employees must be able to present work IDs.

Calcasieu Parish remains under a Mandatory Evacuation order. Residents who evacuated may return to Calcasieu Parish, but are encouraged to secure their property and then return to evacuation. Residents who wish to stay must be self-sufficient. To download a copy of the official mandatory evacuation order, visit the Emergency Information Page at calcasieuparish.gov.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso announced that boat traffic on the Calcasieu River and English Bayou areas North of the Saltwater Barrier to the Calcasieu Parish line and on the West Fork of the Calcasieu River is restricted to commercial and law enforcement vessels and boats.

Debris collection from Hurricane Laura will resume on Monday in unincorporated areas of Calcasieu Parish.

Due to the inaccessibility of several roadways with flooding or downed power lines from Hurricane Delta, Waste Management will not run recovery routes on Sunday as previously announced. Service will resume on Monday, October 12th, for Monday customers. Republic Services will also resume routes on Monday, picking up Friday customers and collecting Monday customers on Tuesday. They will continue servicing each day’s customers one day behind schedule through Saturday, October 17th.

All Calcasieu Parish Police Jury offices and facilities will be closed Monday, October 12th.

Entergy reports they are assessing damage to their system and assessment of their substations and power plants. Spokesperson Margaret Harris reported fewer downed lines and poles than in Hurricane Laura and that Entergy expected the time for restoration to be shorter for Delta. Harris warned residents to treat any downed power line as if it were a live line. Approximately 70,000 Entergy customers in Calcasieu Parish are without power.

Water service remains an issue in Calcasieu Parish. Please contact your water system provider should you suspect a leak or other damage to your water system. Boil Advisories have been issued for nine Calcasieu Parish water providers including The Town of Vinton, The City of Lake Charles and Carlyss Water System.

Due to the power outage caused by Hurricane Delta, Sewer District No. 11 (Mallard Junction) is requesting its customers to minimize water consumption until electricity is restored. The District operates a low-pressure sewer system which requires electricity to power individual lift stations at each residence. Using excessive water will cause a sewer overflow.

Officials are asking residents to be safe operating generators and chain saws. Safety guidelines are available on the Emergency Information Page at calcasieuparish.gov. Most of the deaths attributed to Hurricane Laura were due to carbon monoxide poisoning caused by generators.

Many Hurricane Laura recovery efforts have been suspended until it is safe to resume operations.

The next public briefing is scheduled for Monday, October 12th at 4 p.m.

The press conference can be viewed via livestream on the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury’s Facebook page at (www.facebook.com/CalcasieuParishPoliceJury and on the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury’s website at www.calcasieuparish.gov.

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