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I-10 East and West in Southwest Louisiana has reopened

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Posted at 7:25 AM, Aug 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-28 16:29:04-04

Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) has reopened I-10 from the Louisiana/Texas line through southwest Louisiana.

State Police say the detour in the Westlake area of I-10 and I-210 has also been lifted, as well as the shelter in place order.

The chemical incident has been contained and no longer poses a threat to motorists or residents in the area.

The company released a statement on the fire at the plant.

“KIK Custom Products can now confirm the fire at the plant at our Biolab Lake Charles, LA facility has been brought under control. The site remains secured, and our specialized team comprising industry-leading emergency response experts and our employees remains on-the-ground to support efforts to promote the safety and well-being of the Lake Charles community. We are enormously grateful to the state police and other first responders, as well as local authorities – including Louisiana State Police Emergency Resource Team, Lake Charles Fire Department, and Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality – for their collaboration and thank them for their heroic efforts. We are actively engaged in helping the broader community recover from the impacts of Hurricane Laura.”

Louisiana State Police is urging motorists that plan on traveling through the area to utilize an alternate route. Although the interstate is open, motorists are urged to remain vigilant as clean-up operations could lead to lane closures and traffic congestion.

Due to storm damage, restrooms, gas stations and other facilities will not be available.

Troopers ask that motorists do not drive around "road closed" signs or barricades for any reason. Not only is this illegal, it is extremely dangerous. For all up-to-date road closure information in Louisiana, please visit 511la.org

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