Calcasieu Sept. 2 updates on Hurricane Laura recovery

Power lines are down outside the Calcasieu Sheriff's Office in Lake Charles, La., on Thursday...
Power lines are down outside the Calcasieu Sheriff's Office in Lake Charles, La., on Thursday after Hurricane Laura barreled through.(Source: @renardsports/Twitter)
Updated: Sep. 2, 2020 at 6:13 PM CDT
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LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Parish officials gave the latest updates on Hurricane Laura recovery at Wednesday’s daily briefing.

  • Waste Management will begin running its regular residential Calcasieu Parish pickup routes in unincorporated areas Thursday. Thursday’s regular route is in the Carlyss area, with other areas to be served on their regular day. Residents are asked to make sure containers are visible along roadways, but not in the road.
  • Because Waste Management is beginning regular residential routes, the food waste sites that were announced on Tuesday will change on Thursday. The only sites in operation Thursday will be at Ward 1 Yard, 461 Parish Road, Moss Bluff and Ward 2 Yard, 7085 Highway 14 East in Hayes. Residents who lost trash containers in the storm may call Waste Management to get a replacement at 337-436-7229.
  • City of Lake Charles locations for temporary collection sites for household food waste: Cpl. Donald Ray Stevens Recreation Center, 1619 Cessford St.; Henry Heights Recreation Center, 801 East School St.; Weaver Park Ballfields, 4436 Weaver Road.
  • Parish officials’ request for two C130 aircraft to assist Calcasieu Parish Mosquito Control has been approved by state and federal officials. The C130 spaying schedule has not been announced.
  • The US Army Corps of Engineers is the resource for free tarps through Operation Blue Roof. Calcasieu residents are eligible. To apply, call 1-888-ROOF-BLU or visit: www.usace.army.mil/blueroof//
  • The National Guard will be distributing food, water, ice (if available; supply is limited) and tarps to residents from 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. at the following locations: Vinton Elementary School, Westwood Elementary School in Westlake, Iowa Middle School, Walmart Neighborhood Market in Moss Bluff, DeQuincy Railroad Museum, Lake Charles Civic Center, Washington Marion High School in Lake Charles, McMurry Park (300 Hazel St.) in Sulphur.
  • The Red Cross has disaster supply and food sites at the following locations: McMurry Park, 300 S Hazel St., Sulphur; Huber Park, 2401 Fourth Ave., Lake Charles (replaces the Civic Center); 2000 Moeling St., Lake Charles; Market Basket on Third Avenue in Lake Charles and 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. For information, visit @ARCLouisiana on Twitter or at //Facebook.com/ARCLouisiana.
  • There will be free COVID-19 testing, as well as Tetanus and Hepatitis-A shots starting Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the Gulfway Shopping Center, 115 West McNeese St. COVID-19 testing will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tetanus and Hepatitis-A shots will be from 9 a.m. to 3p.m. Another COVID-19 testing site is now open at All-Star Buick on Napoleon Street in Sulphur. Testing will be from 8:00 a.m. -6:00 p.m.
  • Parish hospital ERs are running but at limited capacity. Lake Charles Memorial Hospital has no ICU beds, no dialysis and no emergency surgery capacity. Christus Ochsner St. Patrick Hospital reports some small surgical capabilities and some ICU beds; West Calcasieu-Cameron Hospital is performing some surgeries and has some in-patient ICU.
  • Residents in need of transportation to evacuate may call 911. Transportation is available from 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. only.
  • 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.
  • The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury’s Animal Services and Adoption Center said officers and authorized rescue groups have been performing animal rescues throughout the parish for the past few days. A reminder that no animals are allowed to be transported out of the parish and no emergency pet shelters should be established without authorization from the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. If you see an animal in distress, contact Animal Services at 337-853-9573.
  • Water service has been restored for many residents in the parish. Immediately after the storm, 128,000 parish households were without water. Now 66,000 are without water or have limited water. City of Lake Charles water service is also largely restored. Please contact your water system provider should you suspect a leak or other damage to your water system. Once water is restored, it is advised that residents adhere to a boil advisory until it is safe for those advisories to be lifted. Also, residents are being asked to conserved water while issues are being repaired.
  • To register for FEMA federal disaster assistance, call 1-800-621-3362 or register online at disasterassistance.gov. A total of 51,000 residents have already applied. 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.
  • 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.
  • Most traffic signals are not working. When driving, treat every intersection as a four-way stop. Public Works has started the process of reinstalling road signs.
  • 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. Deputies are stopping people 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 nine deaths due to carbon monoxide poisoning in the past week. Make sure generators are installed correctly and never operate them in enclosed spaces.
  • The parish, contractors and the National Guard have made considerable progress with debris clearance – 95 percent of parish and city roads are complete. Workers have started to pick up vegetation. If you are aware of a road that still needs clearing, call Calcasieu Parish Public Works at 337-721-3700.
  • Officials with Entergy ( https://www.entergy.com/view-outages/ ) and Beauregard Electric ( www.becioutage.org) say damage is extensive and widespread and that residents should expect to be out of electricity for several weeks. Entergy finished its assessments and found there were 6,500 damaged poles, 300 miles of downed wires and 2,890 damaged transformers.
  • Call United Way’s 211 to connect with resources for help.
  • Nearly all of the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury’s buildings sustained damage. As a result, all parish offices will be closed until further notice.

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