Lake area officials plan for mixture of hurricanes and oil - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Lake area officials plan for mixture of hurricanes and oil

By Crystal Price - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - As the stakes are getting higher in the Gulf, lake area officials are looking at ways to prepare for hurricane season if the storms and oil were to mix.

Officials from the lake area discussed hurricane preparation ideas at the 2010 Storm Ready meeting at the Lake Charles Civic Center on Tuesday, June 1st.

Meteorologists, Emergency Preparedness, and Entergy shared their thoughts on preparation when it comes to hurricanes and the oil spill.

The National Weather Service told 7News that they are predicting an active hurricane season this year with the possibility of 23 main storms.

However, the NWS said that the smooth waters with oil on top can lower evaporation, and even limit the strength of a hurricane and where a tropical storm can end up.

The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in Calcasieu Parish said that they are prepared to handle a mixture of oil and a hurricane if it were to hit the coast.

The OHSEP had to deal with a similar situation when Hurricane Rita hit back in 2005.

"There were a lot of tanks, a lot of vessels, containers that did leak oil," said Dick Gremillion, Director of OHSEP in Calcasieu Parish. "So we don't think that's going to a cause a problem for us in the response phase."

The OHSEP said they plan to use a similar scenario to clean up the oil.

"We used booms to get the oil cleaned up," said Gremillion. "But it was a difficulty to go out and get those containers and put them back in one spot."

The OHSEP said they are preparing in advance this year because of the anticipated active hurricane season ahead.

For more information from the OHSEP on how to prepare for a hurricane, click on the link to the link to the right.

Copyright 2010 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Flu season already hitting Louisiana hard

    Flu season already hitting Louisiana hard

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 8:11 PM EST2017-12-14 01:11:05 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)
    Flu season is upon us.  But according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, South Carolina, Mississippi and Louisiana are already seeing high levels of flu activity. "Our ER director here at the hospital mentioned to me today that we've seen definitely in the last two weeks an increase in cases," said Christus St. Patrick's Infectious Disease Specialist, Dr. Timothy Haman. "Two to three to four patients a day, and we saw six yesterday."  H...More >>
    Flu season is upon us.  But according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, South Carolina, Mississippi and Louisiana are already seeing high levels of flu activity. "Our ER director here at the hospital mentioned to me today that we've seen definitely in the last two weeks an increase in cases," said Christus St. Patrick's Infectious Disease Specialist, Dr. Timothy Haman. "Two to three to four patients a day, and we saw six yesterday."  H...More >>
  • Long-term solution coming for downtown sinkholes

    Long-term solution coming for downtown sinkholes

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 7:39 PM EST2017-12-14 00:39:35 GMT
    (SOURCE: The City of Lake Charles)(SOURCE: The City of Lake Charles)

    Sinkholes in the road are an issue all over Lake Charles and a pretty common sight in the Downtown area. Drivers usually have to dodge the cones, especially on Division Street. If you drive down the stretch of Division Street, in between Ryan and Bilbo, you're probably used to avoiding a sinkhole. The most recent one was fixed Tuesday, caused by a cracked drainage line under the street where water seeped out and created a void. “They just go in, cut out a section and pour as...

    More >>

    Sinkholes in the road are an issue all over Lake Charles and a pretty common sight in the Downtown area. Drivers usually have to dodge the cones, especially on Division Street. If you drive down the stretch of Division Street, in between Ryan and Bilbo, you're probably used to avoiding a sinkhole. The most recent one was fixed Tuesday, caused by a cracked drainage line under the street where water seeped out and created a void. “They just go in, cut out a section and pour as...

    More >>
  • HEAR THEM SING: Henry Heights French Immersion program sings Christmas carols

    HEAR THEM SING: Henry Heights French Immersion program sings Christmas carols

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 7:32 PM EST2017-12-14 00:32:10 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Students in the French Immersion program at Henry Heights stopped by KPLC Midday today to sing Christmas Carols. We hope you enjoy the music as much as we did.

    More >>

    Students in the French Immersion program at Henry Heights stopped by KPLC Midday today to sing Christmas Carols. We hope you enjoy the music as much as we did.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly