Calcasieu Parish leaders: "Stay off the roads"

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Calcasieu Parish administrators are preparing for deteriorating conditions cross the region as temperatures remain below freezing Thursday.  Officials used an afternoon press conference to remind the public about stocking up on basic supplies before conditions become too poor to travel.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso urged people to stay off the roads and said patrol units will be out monitoring the conditions.  Mancuso said all non-essential personnel have been released from work.  Deputies from all Sheriff's Office divisions will be in uniform as plans to double up patrols take place.

Louisiana State Trooper James Anderson said LSP is monitoring the conditions across the state.  Only one bridge has been a problem in the area and DOTD is working on it.  No other problems in the Troop D area have been reported.  Outside of the area though, Anderson said Interstate 49 in Washington Parish was closed Thursday afternoon.  Anderson did say no roads are currently closed across Southwest Louisiana.  Travelers can call 511 for more information on closures or log on to www.511la.org

While no major problems have been reported in Southwest Louisiana, Officials expect roads to become hazardous here later Thursday afternoon and evening.

Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach said the city's public works department is on standby to provide essential services and the police department is staffing double shifts, much like the Sheriff's Office. Roach also said trash pick-up scheduled for Friday will be postponed until Saturday.

Sulphur city leaders echoed other officials statements about staying off the roads.  Sulphur city offices are closing at 3 PM Thursday and will remain closed Friday.  Despite offices being closed, Sulphur city hall phones will be answered Friday.

City leaders in Sulphur as well as Calcasieu Parish leaders plan to formally declare states of emergencies Thursday afternoon.  These declarations are more of a formality for budgeting and operations.  There is no need for the public to panic because these declarations have been made.