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  • LIVE BLOG: I-10 EB/WB now open in Beaumont, TX

    LIVE BLOG: I-10 EB/WB now open in Beaumont, TX

    Tuesday, September 5 2017 8:21 AM EDT2017-09-05 12:21:06 GMT
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    Hurricane Harvey threatens the Gulf Coast. This blog will have up to the minute information about the storm and it's potential impact.

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    Hurricane Harvey threatens the Gulf Coast. This blog will have up to the minute information about the storm and it's potential impact.

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  • Harvey aftermath: Gulf Restoration Network surveys industries by air

    Harvey aftermath: Gulf Restoration Network surveys industries by air

    Monday, September 4 2017 8:19 PM EDT2017-09-05 00:19:22 GMT

    There's increasing concern about pollution from industries that were inundated with rain from Hurricane Harvey. The Gulf Restoration Network and volunteers are surveying the region to investigate if any substances may have escaped into flood waters. They're working on what they call a reconnaissance mission to be an eye in the sky to survey industries in Texas and Louisiana - some of which flooded, some did not. But Laura Cox with the Green Army says it's all a concern. "Too m...

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    There's increasing concern about pollution from industries that were inundated with rain from Hurricane Harvey. The Gulf Restoration Network and volunteers are surveying the region to investigate if any substances may have escaped into flood waters. They're working on what they call a reconnaissance mission to be an eye in the sky to survey industries in Texas and Louisiana - some of which flooded, some did not. But Laura Cox with the Green Army says it's all a concern. "Too m...

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  • Toomey couple builds levee to protect home

    Toomey couple builds levee to protect home

    Thursday, August 31 2017 10:31 PM EDT2017-09-01 02:31:27 GMT

    As water from the Sabine River edges closer to homes, one couple in toomey spent the day working against the clock to build levee to save their home. J just south of I-10 in Toomey, John and Roxanne Clark live in a quiet remote area.  But since nine in the morning, a backhoe clanks and groans building a levee all the way around the house to protect it from flood waters.. "It's my father in law.  He's an angel," said John Clark, of his father-in-law, hard at work...

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    As water from the Sabine River edges closer to homes, one couple in Toomey spent the day working against the clock to build levee to save their home. Just south of I-10 in Toomey, John and Roxanne Clark live in a quiet remote area.  But since nine in the morning, a backhoe clanks and groans building a levee all the way around the house to protect it from flood waters.. "It's my father in law.  He's an angel," said John Clark, of his father-in-law, hard at work...

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  • LATEST: Harvey storm-related power outages

    LATEST: Harvey storm-related power outages

    Thursday, August 31 2017 10:55 AM EDT2017-08-31 14:55:02 GMT
    Entergy outage map (Source: website)Entergy outage map (Source: website)

    Here is a list of storm-related power outages in Southwest Louisiana due to Tropical Storm Harvey

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    Here is a list of storm-related power outages in Southwest Louisiana due to Tropical Storm Harvey

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  • Harvey Aftermath - How you can help

    How to help in Southwest Louisiana

    Thursday, September 7 2017 12:08 PM EDT2017-09-07 16:08:24 GMT

    There are many ways you can help families displaced by flooding right here in Southwest Louisiana - here is the latest list of needs at area shelters and relief organizations. 

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    There are many ways you can help families displaced by flooding right here in Southwest Louisiana - here is the latest list of needs at area shelters and relief organizations. 

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  • UPDATED: List of sandbag locations; new supply of sandbags at Burton Coliseum

    UPDATED: List of sandbag locations; new supply of sandbags at Burton Coliseum

    Tuesday, August 29 2017 1:31 PM EDT2017-08-29 17:31:32 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    Sandbag locations in Southwest Louisiana

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    Sandbag locations in Southwest Louisiana

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  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Flooding tropical rains over the next several days

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Flooding tropical rains over the next several days

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Flooding tropical rains over the next several days

    Saturday, August 26 2017 5:13 PM EDT2017-08-26 21:13:18 GMT
    Rainfall ForecastRainfall Forecast
    With Harvey being downgraded to a tropical storm over Central Texas, the tightly wound rain bands will start to spread out from the center with the outer rain bands already giving parts of Southwest Louisiana a taste of how quickly they can move in and result in flash flooding and even quick spin-up tornadoes. A Tornado Watch remains in effect into the overnight hours for Cameron and Calcasieu parishes with the outer rain bands of Harvey moving through the area this evening. These to...More >>
    With Harvey being downgraded to a tropical storm over Central Texas, the tightly wound rain bands will start to spread out from the center with the outer rain bands already giving parts of Southwest Louisiana a taste of how quickly they can move in and result in flash flooding and even quick spin-up tornadoes. A Tornado Watch remains in effect into the overnight hours for Cameron and Calcasieu parishes with the outer rain bands of Harvey moving through the area this evening. These to...More >>
  • Do you know how to use sandbags correctly?

    Do you know how to use sandbags correctly?

    Tuesday, August 29 2017 2:40 PM EDT2017-08-29 18:40:44 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    Every parish across Southwest Louisiana makes it simple to stop by and fill up a few sandbags, but the question is, how do you properly and effectively use them to protect your home? "I lay them as close up against the garage door, as close as I can, next to each other, kind of overlapping them a little bit to make sure it all sinks in and its all covered," said one resident Dwight Minton.  "We just put it around the pump shed, about 2 high to make sure...

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    Every parish across Southwest Louisiana makes it simple to stop by and fill up a few sandbags, but the question is, how do you properly and effectively use them to protect your home? "I lay them as close up against the garage door, as close as I can, next to each other, kind of overlapping them a little bit to make sure it all sinks in and its all covered," said one resident Dwight Minton.  "We just put it around the pump shed, about 2 high to make sure...

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  • Flooding displaces alligators, sheriff says let them be

    Flooding displaces alligators, sheriff says let them be

    Sunday, August 27 2017 8:33 AM EDT2017-08-27 12:33:18 GMT
    Sunday, August 27 2017 8:33 AM EDT2017-08-27 12:33:18 GMT

    Flooding means alligators get in places where they don't belong and can cause trouble where they otherwise wouldn't.

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    Flooding means alligators get in places where they don't belong and can cause trouble where they otherwise wouldn't.

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  • Shoppers prepping for Hurricane Harvey

    Shoppers prepping for Hurricane Harvey

    Saturday, August 26 2017 10:10 AM EDT2017-08-26 14:10:41 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

    Stores are working to make sure they're fully stocked as customers continue to shop and prepare for Hurricane Harvey. Over at the Market Basket on Lake Street, Irvin Trahan is getting ready for Hurricane Harvey. He’s not shopping for himself, but instead for a Waitr customer. Trahan is one of seven personal shoppers buying items for customers throughout Lake Charles.

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    Stores are working to make sure they're fully stocked as customers continue to shop and prepare for Hurricane Harvey. Over at the Market Basket on Lake Street, Irvin Trahan is getting ready for Hurricane Harvey. He’s not shopping for himself, but instead for a Waitr customer. Trahan is one of seven personal shoppers buying items for customers throughout Lake Charles.

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  • Moss Bluff family sandbagging to prevent fourth flood in five months

    Moss Bluff family sandbagging to prevent fourth flood in five months

    Friday, August 25 2017 10:43 PM EDT2017-08-26 02:43:14 GMT

    Shovel by shovel, one bag at a time, Richard Spence of Moss Bluff works to protect his flood-prone home. Even without a hurricane he's had water inside three times since April. They just finished the third remodel and were going to move furniture inside this weekend. Instead... "That's been put on hold till the storm passes through. Hopefully we won't get it. Hopefully it will just fizzle out in Texas," he said.   

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    Shovel by shovel, one bag at a time, Richard Spence of Moss Bluff works to protect his flood-prone home. Even without a hurricane he's had water inside three times since April. They just finished the third remodel and were going to move furniture inside this weekend. Instead... "That's been put on hold till the storm passes through. Hopefully we won't get it. Hopefully it will just fizzle out in Texas," he said.   

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  • WATCH LIVE: Calcasieu OEP hold TS Harvey briefing at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday

    WATCH LIVE: Calcasieu OEP hold TS Harvey briefing at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday

    Friday, September 1 2017 12:04 PM EDT2017-09-01 16:04:23 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Calcasieu Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness briefing regarding Tropical Storm Harvey. 

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    The Calcasieu Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness will hold a news conference this morning regarding Hurricane Harvey.

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  • Officials gather for second day of briefings on Hurricane Harvey

    Officials gather for second day of briefings on Hurricane Harvey

    Friday, August 25 2017 10:38 PM EDT2017-08-26 02:38:17 GMT
    (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)(Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)

    In just the past 24 hours, Harvey has gone from a Tropical Depression to a Category One Hurricane and it's only expected to get stronger in the next few days. The hurricane is expected to make landfall sometime late Friday into early Saturday morning on the central Texas coast.

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    In just the past 24 hours, Harvey has gone from a Tropical Depression to a Category One Hurricane and it's only expected to get stronger in the next few days. The hurricane is expected to make landfall sometime late Friday into early Saturday morning on the central Texas coast.

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  • Officials gather for third day of Harvey briefings

    Officials gather for third day of Harvey briefings

    Friday, August 25 2017 10:33 PM EDT2017-08-26 02:33:19 GMT
    (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)(Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)

    Officials have been preparing for the last few days, although much of what Hurricane Harvey could bring to Southwest Louisiana still remains to be seen. "On days like these, you know how challenging it can be," said Tony Mancuso, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff. For law enforcement officials across the area, it's all hands on deck.

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    Officials have been preparing for the last few days, although much of what Hurricane Harvey could bring to Southwest Louisiana still remains to be seen. "On days like these, you know how challenging it can be," said Tony Mancuso, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff. For law enforcement officials across the area, it's all hands on deck.

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  • Farm impact of Hurricane Harvey in SW Louisiana

    Farm impact of Hurricane Harvey in SW Louisiana

    Friday, August 25 2017 10:24 PM EDT2017-08-26 02:24:01 GMT
    Rice crop (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)Rice crop (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)

    We've already had an above-average amount of rain in Southwest Louisiana this summer. Now with the possibility that Hurricane Harvey could soak the ground, even more rice farmers could lose their crops. Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says 80 percent of rice has already been harvested, which is good, but farmers could lose the rest if the hurricane stalls out and comes this way.

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    We've already had an above-average amount of rain in Southwest Louisiana this summer. Now with the possibility that Hurricane Harvey could soak the ground, even more rice farmers could lose their crops. Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says 80 percent of rice has already been harvested, which is good, but farmers could lose the rest if the hurricane stalls out and comes this way.

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  • Sen. John Kennedy talks Hurricane Harvey, Charlottesville, tax reform

    Sen. John Kennedy talks Hurricane Harvey, Charlottesville, tax reform

    Friday, August 25 2017 10:20 PM EDT2017-08-26 02:20:57 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    Louisiana Senator John Kennedy stopped by KPLC today before heading back to Washington, D.C., as the August recess wraps up. Sen. Kennedy discussed several issues impacting residents in Louisiana, from flood insurance to race relations and even possible tax cuts.

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    Louisiana Senator John Kennedy stopped by KPLC today before heading back to Washington, D.C., as the August recess wraps up. Sen. Kennedy discussed several issues impacting residents in Louisiana, from flood insurance to race relations and even possible tax cuts.

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  • VIDEO: Gov. Edwards visits Southwest Louisiana ahead of Hurricane Harvey

    VIDEO: Gov. Edwards visits Southwest Louisiana ahead of Hurricane Harvey

    Friday, August 25 2017 3:56 PM EDT2017-08-25 19:56:00 GMT
    (Source: Gov. John Bel Edwards' website)(Source: Gov. John Bel Edwards' website)

    Governor John Bel Edwards is planning to make a stop in Lake Charles on Friday, Aug, 25, for the annual LegisGator Luncheon. Edwards will later head to the Calcasieu Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness to meet with emergency response officials who are preparing for Hurricane Harvey. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Governor John Bel Edwards is planning to make a stop in Lake Charles on Friday, Aug, 25, for the annual LegisGator Luncheon. Edwards will later head to the Calcasieu Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness to meet with emergency response officials who are preparing for Hurricane Harvey. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • City of Sulphur declares state of emergency in response to Hurricane Harvey

    City of Sulphur declares state of emergency in response to Hurricane Harvey

    Friday, August 25 2017 12:05 PM EDT2017-08-25 16:05:52 GMT
    (Source: City of Sulphur)(Source: City of Sulphur)

    The Sulphur City Council has declared a state of emergency at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 25, in response to Hurricane Harvey. 

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    The Sulphur City Council has declared a state of emergency at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 25, in response to Hurricane Harvey. 

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  • Rockefeller Refuge closed due to Hurricane Harvey

    Rockefeller Refuge closed due to Hurricane Harvey

    Friday, August 25 2017 8:14 AM EDT2017-08-25 12:14:59 GMT
    (Source: LDWF)(Source: LDWF)

    The Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge is closed until further notice due to Hurricane Harvey, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. 

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    The Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge is closed until further notice due to Hurricane Harvey, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. 

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  • Cameron Parish Library prepares for worst, hopes for best

    Cameron Parish Library prepares for worst, hopes for best

    Friday, August 25 2017 12:17 AM EDT2017-08-25 04:17:11 GMT
    Source: Christian PiekosSource: Christian Piekos

    After losing thousands of books in Hurricanes Rita and Ike, the Cameron Parish Library is not backing down from Harvey. "Cajuns are some tough people," said Dede Sanders, interim director of Cameron Parish Libraries. "It takes a lot to knock us down." For the first time in years, the library is picking up all books from the ground and elevating them in case of flooding. "If we get anything above two feet, we're going to get wet," Sanders said. A...

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    After losing thousands of books in Hurricanes Rita and Ike, the Cameron Parish Library is not backing down from Harvey. "Cajuns are some tough people," said Dede Sanders, interim director of Cameron Parish Libraries. "It takes a lot to knock us down." For the first time in years, the library is picking up all books from the ground and elevating them in case of flooding. "If we get anything above two feet, we're going to get wet," Sanders said. A...

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  • CPPJ declares state of emergency in response to Hurricane Harvey

    Thursday, August 24 2017 10:30 PM EDT2017-08-25 02:30:31 GMT

    Thursday night the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury declared a state of emergency in anticipation of heavy rains from Hurricane Harvey. Dick Gremillion, director of Calcasieu's Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, gave an update to jurors on the hurricane's status and the impacts it will have on our area. 

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    Thursday night the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury declared a state of emergency in anticipation of heavy rains from Hurricane Harvey. Dick Gremillion, director of Calcasieu's Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, gave an update to jurors on the hurricane's status and the impacts it will have on our area. 

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  • Mandatory evacuation ordered for areas of Cameron Parish

    Mandatory evacuation ordered for areas of Cameron Parish

    Thursday, August 24 2017 8:34 PM EDT2017-08-25 00:34:51 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The Cameron Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness has issued a mandatory order of evacuation for all areas south of the Intracoastal Waterway as of 6:00 a.m. Friday, August 25, due to Hurricane Harvey. The evacuation order includes the communities of Hackberry, Johnson Bayou, Holly Beach, Cameron, Creole, Grand Chenier and Big Lake, according to Cameron Parish OHSEP Director Danny Lavergne.

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    The Cameron Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness has issued a mandatory order of evacuation for all areas south of the Intracoastal Waterway as of 6:00 a.m. Friday, August 25, due to Hurricane Harvey. The evacuation order includes the communities of Hackberry, Johnson Bayou, Holly Beach, Cameron, Creole, Grand Chenier and Big Lake, according to Cameron Parish OHSEP Director Danny Lavergne.

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  • SWLA preparing for Harvey

    SWLA preparing for Harvey

    Thursday, August 24 2017 4:09 PM EDT2017-08-24 20:09:56 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    With Harvey hot on our heels, local officials in Southwest Louisiana are preparing for the worst. 

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    With Harvey hot on our heels, local officials in Southwest Louisiana are preparing for the worst. 

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  • Westlake Mayor urges citizens to prepare for flooding

    Westlake Mayor urges citizens to prepare for flooding

    Wednesday, August 23 2017 6:19 PM EDT2017-08-23 22:19:19 GMT
    Source: KPLCSource: KPLC

    Plenty of people in Southwest Louisiana feel as if they are having a recurring nightmare with all the rain and flooding. Still, local officials say it's no time to let down your guard. If you're having having deja vu  you're not alone. It was just May 3 when Sampson Street in Westlake looked more like a river than a road.  Mayor Bob Hardy is concerned about what the weather may bring over the coming days and urges citizens to prepare. "We're going to have a stor...

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    Plenty of people in Southwest Louisiana feel as if they are having a recurring nightmare with all the rain and flooding. Still, local officials say it's no time to let down your guard. If you're having having deja vu  you're not alone. It was just May 3 when Sampson Street in Westlake looked more like a river than a road.  Mayor Bob Hardy is concerned about what the weather may bring over the coming days and urges citizens to prepare. "We're going to have a stor...

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  • Prep tips in case of Harvey impact

    Prep tips in case of Harvey impact

    Wednesday, August 23 2017 6:04 PM EDT2017-08-23 22:04:47 GMT
    (Source: Red Cross)(Source: Red Cross)

    The American Red Cross is making preparations to respond to any emergency that tropical depression Harvey may bring. However, there are some preventative steps you can take now to prep for the storm, which could bring heavy and prolonged rainfall to SWLA. We've included a list of resources and tips for staying safe during the storm from the Red Cross:  Assembling an emergency preparedness kit that fits your individual needs. Creating a household evacuation plan...

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    The American Red Cross is making preparations to respond to any emergency that tropical depression Harvey may bring. However, there are some preventative steps you can take now to prep for the storm, which could bring heavy and prolonged rainfall to SWLA. We've included a list of resources and tips for staying safe during the storm from the Red Cross:  Assembling an emergency preparedness kit that fits your individual needs. Creating a household evacuation plan...

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  • Insurance questions policyholders should ask before a storm hits

    Insurance questions policyholders should ask before a storm hits

    Source: LDISource: LDI

    Insurance policy holders to find out the answers to questions they may have about their policies before a storm strikes this hurricane season.

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    Insurance policy holders to find out the answers to questions they may have about their policies before a storm strikes this hurricane season.

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