Curfew still in effect for Lake Arthur as flood threat continues - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Curfew still in effect for Lake Arthur as flood threat continues

LAKE ARTHUR, LA (KPLC) -

As of Sunday, Jan. 13, the curfew from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. for the Town of Lake Arthur is still in effect until further notice.

The mandatory curfew was put into effect Saturday as emergency officials and residents watched and waited for the Mermentau River to crest.

A meeting was held Saturday morning in Lake Arthur to discuss the potential danger from rising flood waters. Officials held the community meeting at the Lake Arthur Community Center on 8th Street.

Officials are urging residents to be prepared for flooding and to use caution when traveling area roadways. Many residents were filling sand bags ahead of the potential flood waters this weekend.

"The main focus here is preparation. Preparation. Right now. Let's all hope this isn't as bad as what it could be," Lake Arthur Mayor Robert Bertrand said.

A mandatory 10 p.m. curfew has been enforced in Lake Arthur.

Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office also prohibited boat traffic throughout the parish and it will be strongly enforced.

Bertrand, along with Sheriff and OEP Director Ivy Woods, urged residents in Lake Arthur to relocate for the time being if they live in flood-prone areas, get sandbags to protect homes and to stay away from flooded streets.

"It's going to get to a point where it's going to start to come in. It's not going to come in a massive flood. It's going to come in and fill ditches and fill low areas and fill other areas. To say exactly who's going to be impacted and how bad is hard to say," Bertrand said.

Bertrand said after this is all over, the city will get serious about improving drainage throughout Lake Arthur.

"I want to assure everybody here that we're doing everything we can," he said.

If it becomes necessary, Bertrand said the Community Center on 8th street will house water and other emergency items.

The National Weather Service is estimating the river to rise 8 1/2 feet this weekend near Castex Landing.

Officials said the National Weather Service has advised that the last time the Mermentau rose to this level was in 2004.

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