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TS Bonnie may cause flooding & power outages

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 LAKE CHARLES, LA. (KPLC) - Calcasieu Police Jurors have declared a state of emergency in anticipation of tropical storm Bonnie. Though Bonnie may not become a hurricane emergency officials say she could still cause plenty of problems for the area.

 Based on the speed at which she approaches, Bonnie is, so far, expected to stay a tropical storm. But Calcasieu Emergency Officials say she could still mean power outages and other problems for people here.  OEP Director Dick Gremillion told Calcasieu Police Jurors, "At the very least she would still produce a three to four foot storm surge and sustained winds of up to fifty miles an hour. Just to give an example of what might happen in this situation, I talked to Sheila Pounders from Entergy and under their estimates for a tropical storm, twenty thousand customers will lose power just for a tropical storm."

Gremillion says they'll be watching the situation carefully and advising the public as needed. "At the very least we'll probably be issuing some advisories for people living in mobile homes, because of the wind load. People who live in an area that's going to be susceptible to that storm surge that I just mentioned up to about four feet."

 Meanwhile, emergency ops is in a new temporary location at 901 lakeshore drive after a water leak caused extensive damage at the 911 building. Jurors issued an emergency declaration to move ahead quickly with repairs. Tuesday a leak from an ice maker on the second floor went undetected after business hours causing damage on the first floor.  Parish Administrator Bryan Beam told jurors, "Total estimate at this point is about $87,000 worth of equipment. Much of that is electronics, some of that is file cabinets and so forth."

 The leak damage is covered by insurance but the parish will first have to pay a $50,000 deductible.

Calcasieu Parish officials will hold a news conference tomorrow on tropical storm Bonnie.. You can see it live at 11 a.m. on KPLC-TV and on www.kplctv.com

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