Officials with the Josh Guillory administration have asked local churches to stop trying to set up shelters for evacuees from Laura because of the "serious threat" of recent protests.
Here's the full text of an email sent by CAO Cydra Wingerter yesterday evening:
I wanted to advise you that I have officially asked local churches to take a pause on any action to establish a shelter at this time. As you probably know, we have had some serious, concerning activities pop up today with armed protestors in the streets. Many from out of town.
This is a serious threat and we must handle this issue before we can care for our neighbors. It goes against what we believe and how we usually respond after a disaster but it would be irresponsible to potentially put others in harms way.
We are not in a position to safeguard people displaced by Laura with this serious, local security threat. We know that bad actors will take our hospitality and use it against us.
I hope you understand. I ask that you please share this information and request with your network. Please call if you need to discuss.
Stay safe. God bless us all!