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Calcasieu Parish updates for September 7

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Posted at 5:50 PM, Sep 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-07 18:50:36-04

Here are the latest Calcasieu Parish Hurricane Laura recovery updates from Monday, Sept. 7’s parish briefing:

  • The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury’s Division of Planning and Development has opened a temporary office at Prien Lake Park, Harbor’s Edge Pavilion, 3700 West Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles for those who need them to perform Hurricane Laura recovery work in Calcasieu Parish. Office hours will be 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. The office will issue temporary work licenses for Calcasieu Parish and all municipalities, as well as construction, electrical, plumbing and mechanical permits for the unincorporated areas of Calcasieu Parish. All fees for licenses and permits will be waived until further notice. A representative from the State Fire Marshal’s Office will also be on hand to answer any questions about repairs and reconstruction of commercial facilities. For more information, call the Division of Planning and Development at 337-721-3610 or email planning@calcasieuparish.gov.
  • Due to the power outage caused by Hurricane Laura, Sewer District No. 11 of Wards 3 and 8 (Mallard Junction) asks its customers to minimize water consumption until electricity is restored. The district is operating a low-pressure sewer system which requires electricity to power individual lift stations. Using excessive water will cause a sewer overflow. Call 337-721-3754 with questions.
  • The United Way of SWLA and the United Cajun Navy have opened a new parish warehouse supply and food pickup location at 2401 6th St., Lake Charles, for those in need. Available items include non-perishable food, pet food, bottled water and cleaning supplies. Hot meals will be available at lunch every day. Donations can be dropped off at this location. It will be open 8 a.m.- 8. p.m. seven days a week. Volunteers are needed. If you'd like to make a donation, visit https://unitedwayswla.org/donations [l.facebook.com] to fill out an online form.
  • Calcasieu Parish has paused the household food waste sites. For City of Lake Charles temporary collection sites for household food waste, visit www.cityoflakecharles.com [cityoflakecharles.com].
  • Waste Management has resumed its regular routes. Residents are asked to ensure that their container is visible at curbside but not in the roadway. Call 337-436-7229 with questions.
  • Residents in need of transportation to evacuate can call 911. Transportation is available from 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. A 24-hour-a-day comfort station has been established at the parish pick-up point, at Chennault International Airport, 364 Mallard Cove St., Lake Charles. The comfort station will provide air conditioning, water and food for those individuals who arrive outside of transportation hours. For residents who need transportation to the comfort station, 911 will dispatch Parish Paratransit to pick them up.
  • Calcasieu Parish Mosquito Control will be spraying nightly using two planes and several trucks. In the meantime, they ask all residents to wear repellent at all times when outdoors.
  • Calcasieu Parish remains under a mandatory evacuation order. Some insurance companies require policy holders to provide a copy of the order for them to accept claims. To see the document, visit the news section at www.calcasieuparish.gov.
  • The US Army Corps of Engineers has free tarps through Operation Blue Roof. Calcasieu residents are eligible. Metal roofs are also eligible. To apply, call 1-888-ROOF-BLU or visit: www.usace.army.mil/blueroof// [gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com]
  • The National Guard will be distributing food, water, ice and tarps to residents from 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. at the following locations: Vinton Elementary School, Westwood Elementary School in Westlake, Iowa Knights of Columbus Hall 503 US 90 in Iowa, Holy Family School at 785 Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss Bluff, DeQuincy Railroad Museum, Lake Charles Civic Center, Washington Marion High School in Lake Charles, McMurry Park (300 Hazel St.) in Sulphur, Power Center, 3009 Gerstner Lake Charles.
  • The Red Cross has disaster supply and food sites at the following locations: McMurry Park, 300 S Hazel St., Sulphur; Power Centre, 3009 Gerstner Memorial Drive; Enos Derbonne Sports Complex, 7903 Lake St. Charles; 2000 Moeling St., Lake Charles; Market Basket, 935 Third Avenue in Lake Charles; 203 Grand Ave., DeQuincy; Iowa KC Hall, 503 US-90, Iowa; and Vinton Middle School, 900 Horridge St. in Vinton. They will provide items such as cots, mops, brooms, buckets, PPE, snacks and bottled water. Partnering with the Southern Baptists, Red Cross will also be providing two meals daily at these sites – at noon and 5 p.m. Also, there will be a large supply drop from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. on Sept. 9-10 at the Greater St. Mary Missionary Baptist Church, 1801 Second Ave. They will be handing out cleaning supplies and MREs. Volunteers needed. For a full list of feeding sites and for information on services, visit @ARCLouisiana on Twitter or at Facebook.com/ARCLouisiana.
  • There will be free COVID-19 testing in Lake Charles at the Gulfway Shopping Center, 115 West McNeese St. and at the Sulphur Public Health Unit, 201 Edgar Street in Sulphur. Testing will be from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury has issued a burn ban because of dangerous downed trees and limbs, dry weather conditions and damaged water systems. The ban prohibits all outdoor private burning of any kind but doesn’t include prescribed burns. To report violations, call 225-925-4297.
  • Calcasieu Parish Police Jury’s Animal Services asks residents who have been separated from their pets due to Hurricane Laura to visit petharbor.com [petharbor.com] or call Animal Services at 337-853-9573. A temporary shelter is now open 1-3 p.m. at 550-A Swift Plant Road in Lake Charles by appointment only. The center is posting daily updates on its Facebook Page, “Calcasieu Parish ASA.”
  • Water service has been restored for many residents in the parish. Please contact your water system provider should you suspect a leak or other damage to your water system. Remember that all residents except Westlake customers are under a boil advisory until it is safe for those advisories to be lifted. Also, residents are asked to conserve water while issues are being repaired.
  • FEMA has opened a drive-thru document drop-off site for residents at 3310 Broad St. It will be open seven days a week, 7 a.m.- 7 p.m.
  • To register for FEMA federal disaster assistance, call 1-800-621-3362 or register online at disasterassistance.gov. If you have insurance, contact your adjuster and begin the insurance process. If you are denied, a reason is provided. Continue contacting FEMA and your insurance provider. Visit https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4559 [fema.gov] to get your FEMA questions answered.
  • Road conditions are improving, but hazards are still present in many locations. Officials say the large amount of traffic on the roads is hampering recovery efforts. Traffic signals are being powered by generator at some major intersections, but many are still not working. When driving, treat every intersection as a four-way stop. Public Works has replaced all traffic signs at major parish intersections. If you see one missing, call 721-3700.
  • Residents who remain in the parish must adhere to the 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew. Essential employees should have their work IDs with them at all times. So far, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s deputies have made 1,255 traffic stops looking for people who are out after curfew.
  • Residents who wish to return to Calcasieu Parish will not be stopped from doing so, with the understanding that services are limited. Residents wishing to return are strongly encouraged to secure their homes then return to evacuation. Residents who stay must be self-sufficient.
  • Officials are urging residents to practice generator safety. The parish has now reported seven deaths due to carbon monoxide poisoning in the past week. Make sure generators are installed correctly and never operate them in enclosed spaces. When operating a generator, homeowners should not install generators directly into the home’s electrical panel. Back feeding electrical power from a generator into powerlines can be deadly to linemen and others working to restore power while working on downed electrical lines.
  • A “Keep Calm Line” has been established to connect residents to resources when dealing with their stress and mental health: 1-866-310-7977.
  • The parish is collecting storm debris. On Monday, more than 100 debris trucks were out collecting more than 13,000 tons of debris. These trucks have long reach arms so residents do not have to place debris in the ditches. Sort debris when placing it curbside – separate piles into vegetation, construction, appliances/white goods, electronics and hazardous household waste. Trucks will be doing multiple passes over the next several weeks. Visit the Hurricane Laura Emergency Information Page at calcasieuparish.gov for a graphic and video explaining the separation process.
  • Officials with Entergy ( https://www.entergy.com/view-outages/ [gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com] ) and Beauregard Electric ( www.becioutage.org [gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com]) say damage is extensive and widespread and that residents should expect to be without electricity for several weeks. Workers from 30 states are helping Entergy and more than 1,100 in 12 states are helping BECi with recovery. Entergy restored power to some residents in the Toomey, Starks and Vinton and Sulphur areas. Beauregard Electric reports power has been restored for 77 Calcasieu Parish customers. For Jeff Davis Electric updates, visit https://www.facebook.com/JEFFDAVISELECTRICCOOP/ [facebook.com]
  • Call United Way’s 211 to connect with resources for help, including places to donate items, a list of open pharmacies, Urgent Care facilities and more.
  • All Calcasieu Parish Police Jury offices will be closed until further notice.