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Opelousas Mayor: Please stay home

Posted at 7:19 AM, Oct 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-10 08:55:25-04

Opelousas Mayor Julius Alsandor is asking residents to stay home today so that crews can get to work cleaning up.

He says that Hurricane Delta hit the community very hard.

"Please only leave your home if it is necessary, we have an multitude of concerns including power outages, road blockages, down power lines & trees, tons of debris and we must assess our damages to best apply appropriate steps in this enormous cleanup," Alsandor said. "We are mobilizing our personnel and too much traffic on the roads will hinder our efforts. We are asking, unless it’s an emergency, please stay off the streets. We thank you for your cooperation."

Alsandor says that damage assessments had begun on Saturday morning.

Several trees had fallen on homes in the city and Alsandor says that those individuals were moved to the Opleousas Civic Center where the Red Cross has a shelter for a limited number of people.

Residents who need to report damage can do so by calling 337-948-2555 and call City Hall at 948-2520.

"We weren't hit as hard as Lake Charles, but we were hit hard enough where it will take us some time to get back to some normalcy," he said.

With trees down, Alsandor says the city and those contractors helping, will have a job ahead of them. Any tree debris should be broken down and placed into small piles to make cleanup easier.