OHSEP issues State of Emergency for Calcasieu Parish - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

OHSEP issues State of Emergency for Calcasieu Parish

CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

Flooding has become an issue just north of Moss Bluff and Sulphur.

The Calcasieu Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness has declared a State of Emergency for the areas experiencing flooding.

Director of OHSEP Dick Gremillion said as of Thursday, March 22, in Calcasieu Parish 25 roads were closed due to the high water.

Roads with at least 18 inches to two feet of water.

"The water is getting deeper and the current is flowing across the roads," Gremillion said. And he urges drivers to stay off the roads with deep water.

But that's not the only problem. Gremillion said traffic in the flooded areas has increased due to curiosity of the people. Drivers are going around the barricades where the roads are blocked off and causing wakes.

"Have some respect for the people who live there. They're trying to save their property right now," he said.

And even though the storm has passed, it doesn't mean the roads are safe.

"We're having beautiful weather now after the front passed through and people look outside and say, ‘We can't be possibly having a disaster,' but we are and we want people to keep that in mind," Gremillion said.

The state of emergency will be in effect until the early part of next week, according to Gremillion. He said evacuation in the area isn't necessary, but if a resident has special medical needs, he or she should take that into consideration and relocate.

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