Lake Area tow companies deal with backups - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Lake Area tow companies deal with backups

(Source: Raycom) (Source: Raycom)

Thursday morning has been busy with heavy downpours causing vehicle accidents across the Lake Area and towing companies are in demand.

"It's an overwhelming of calls so there's only so many calls we can get to," said Marcus Deville owner of 'All About Towing.'

But before these companies head out they have to make sure they're doing safely. 

"We have a big problem of going in the flood water with our vehicle because we can get stranded also," he said. "These trucks are not boats and our biggest concern is getting the cars, but being safe."

And ending up in a flooded vehicle situation can be avoided, according to Louisiana State Police Troop D Sgt. James Anderson.

"You want to make sure you allow extra time to get to your destination, everybody else is trying to get somewhere else as well," he said. "You want to allow extra following distance between you and the vehicle in front of you and you want to make sure your headlights are on so everybody can see you."

Just this morning, Anderson said Troop D responded to 14 incidents, most of them weather related. 

That's why towers like Deville know what to expect. 

"The weather that we have been going through this year is turning into a common thing," Deville said. "I don't even wear shoes anymore, I just keep rain boots."

This morning, the tow companies were dealing with several backups.

  • Cotton's Towing & Recovery in Lake Charles (3940 Gerstner Memorial Dr.) had a wait time of two to three hours.
  • Atomic Towing & Recovery LLC in Lake Charles (530 N Grace St.) had a wait time of 45 minutes to an hour.
  • Elite Service Recovery & Towing in Lake Charles (409 Mcnabb St.) had a wait time of two hours.
  • America's Towing in Lake Charles had a wait time of 15 to 20 minutes.
  • All About Towing in Lake Charles (2425 Medora St.) had a wait time of 30 minutes.
  • Bernard's Auto Sales in Lake Charles (2313 Moeling St.) had a wait time of an hour.
  • Bayou Wrecker & Towing in Lake Charles (2300 Hodges St.) had a wait time of two hours.
  • Dupre's Towing, LLC in Sulphur (3628 E Napoleon St.) had a wait time of two hours.
  • Knippers Wrecker Service in Sulphur (108 Benoit Ln) had a wait time of two to three hours. 

But one towing company said there were no wait times: A-1 Wrecker Services in Lake Charles (2008 Broad St.).

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