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Curfews in effect following winter storm

Curfews
Posted at 4:24 PM, Feb 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-15 17:14:28-05

Stay-at-home orders and curfews have gone into effect around Acadiana. See the latest information on curfews due to winter weather:

Acadia Parish

Acadia Parish Law Enforcement Agencies, acting under the parish emergency declaration, will be enforcing a shelter in place order beginning tonight at 8:00 pm and ending Tuesday, February 16th at 6:00 am. This is a parish wide mandate for all municipalities with the exception of Church Point who has a 6:00 pm to 6:00 am order already in place.

Essential workers are excluded from this mandate but must provide identification if stopped by law enforcement. This mandate could result in citations being issues just as a curfew order.

This mandate is being put in place as roads are expected to worsen as the evening hours begin.

Lafayette Parish

LCG on Monday announced that due to the threat of record-breaking low temperatures overnight tonight and icy conditions continuing, Lafayette Parish will remain under a curfew until 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 16, 2021.

Only essential personnel will be allowed to be out while the curfew is in effect. Once the curfew expires all residents are still urged to avoid getting out on the roadways until freezing conditions are over.

Lafayette Police and Public Works employees are working to barricade streets that are impassible because of ice and could pose extreme danger to motorists. Even if there are no barricades, roadways may still have patches of ice that can be very dangerous. Drivers should avoid going around or removing barricades.

To report ice on the roadways or downed tree limbs residents are urged call (337) 291-8517.

CLARIFICATION: We've had some calls about local grocery stores, drug stores and gas stations being open today. We called LCG to ask, and here's what spokesman Jamie Angelle tells us.

Those stores can be open, so that people who have emergencies or medical needs, and so first responders who need food or other supplies, can get them, Angelle said.

If you have a baby and you run out of formula, you can get out to get more formula. If someone needs their prescription, they can go get that. But it's for emergency, medical needs only, he said.

"People who are non-essential, or who don't have an emergency, should not be going to the store," he said.

The order pertains to all municipalities in the parish.

According to the declaration, during the hours of curfew, all persons are prohibited from occupying, using, standing, sitting, traveling, or being present in any public place, including for the purposes of travel, with the following exceptions:

  • All law enforcement, fire, paramedics, or other medical personnel, essential services, restoration and repair personnel, as well as any other first responders or emergency response personnel authorized by Lafayette City-Parish Consolidated Government.
  • Credentialed news media.
  • Individuals traveling to seek exempt care.

For purposes of this emergency order, "travel" includes, without limitation, travel on foot, motorcycle, automobile, or any other mode of transporting a person from one location to another.

For purposes of this emergency order, "public place" means any outdoor place, whether privately or publicly owned property, generally accessible to the general public, including but not limited to public streets and roads, highways, driveways, sidewalks, parks, and vacant lots. For purposes of this emergency order, "public place" does not include the Lafayette Regional Airport.

For purposes of this emergency order, "exempt care" means necessary medical services and supplies for an individual's self or family member, as well as participation in or attendance at previously scheduled funeral services.
Violators of this emergency proclamation/order shall be punished in accordance with the laws of Louisiana and/or Lafayette City-Parish Consolidated Government

See the declaration below

Vermilion Parish

On Monday, Vermilion Parish Sheriff Mike Couvillon has established a parish wide curfew prohibiting and/or controlling vehicular traffic except essential emergency vehicles and essential personnel between the hours of 6 p.m and 6a.m. effective February 15, 2021 and ending no later February 17, 2021.

And, to coincide with the rest of the parish, the city of Abbeville is instituting a citywide curfew from 6:00 p.m. tonight until 6:00 a.m. tomorrow due to the inclement weather. Please shelter in place whenever possible and stay off of the roadways. If there is an emergency, please contact emergency services. Emergency personnel are asking for the public's cooperation and understanding that it may take them longer to safely respond to emergency situations.

The Town of Gueydan has issued a state of emergency on Monday, February 15.

Mayor Jude Reese declared that the state of emergency will be in effect until Wednesday, February 17 at 6:00 am. A stay at home order has also been issued.

Only town workers, police, fire personnel and essential workers along with first responders will be allowed out in an emergency. The order says that those caught on the roads will be given a citation. All residents are urged, unless an emergency to stay home in place until the cold has subsided. Those needing emergency assistance should dial 911.

Erath Police Department say they will be Enforcing along with the Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Department a curfew prohibiting or controlling vehicle traffic except for essential emergency vehicles and essential emergency personnel between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. effective tonight February 15, 2021, tomorrow night February 16, 2021and possibly Wednesday night February 17, 2021, depending on Roadway conditions.

Vermilion Parish/Iberia Parish

The Town of Delcambre has issued a state of emergency on Monday, February 15.

Mayor Pam Blakely declared that the state of emergency will be in effect until Wednesday Feb 17 at 6:00 am. Curfew is from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am. A stay at home order has been issued. Only town workers, police, fire personnel and essential workers along with the first responders will be allowed out in an emergency. The order says that those caught on the roads will be given a citation. All residents are urged, unless an emergency to stay home in place until the cold has subsided. Those needing emergency assistance should dial 911.

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