Calcasieu updates on hurricane recovery - Oct. 14, 2020

Calcasieu updates on hurricane recovery - Oct. 14, 2020
FEMA representative Gerry Stoler speaks at a briefing on hurricane recovery in Calcasieu Parish on Oct. 14, 2020.

Information from the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury.

LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Calcasieu Parish officials announced Wednesday that the parish’s curfew will be lifted as of tonight, Oct. 14.

The parish’s mandatory evacuation has also been lifted. A link to the official executive order is  available for download at calcasieuparish.gov.

Local and state officials continue assessing damages from Hurricane Delta. Residents are encouraged to self-report their damages to the state by visiting damage.la.gov. Remember, any determination for federal assistance due to damages from Hurricane Delta will be made after damage assessments are completed by state and local officials.

  • The Division of Planning and Development’s temporary office at Prien Lake Park, Harbor’s Edge Pavilion, 3700 West Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles, will reopen Thursday, Oct. 15, for those who need permits and licenses to perform Hurricane Laura/Delta recovery work. Office hours are 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. The office will issue temporary work licenses for Calcasieu Parish and all municipalities, as well as construction, electrical, plumbing and mechanical permits for the unincorporated areas of Calcasieu Parish. All fees for licenses and permits will be waived until further notice. A representative from the State Fire Marshal’s Office will also be on site to answer questions about repairs and reconstruction of commercial facilities. For more information, call 337-721-3600 or 337-721-3610 or email planning@calcasieuparish.gov.
  • All other Calcasieu Parish Police Jury offices and facilities will reopen to the public Thursday, Oct. 15.
  • The American Job Center will reopen with visitors seen by appointment only. Call 337-721-4010.
  • Parish parks are also reopening, but many will have limited facilities available. Visit calcasieuparish.gov for detailed information regarding what amenities are open for each park and/or boat launch. Currently all boat launches north of the Saltwater Barrier on the Calcasieu River and English Bayou are closed. No reservations are currently being taken.
  • Boat traffic on the Calcasieu River and English Bayou areas north of the Saltwater Barrier to the Calcasieu Parish line and on the West Fork of the Calcasieu River is still restricted to commercial and law enforcement vessels and boats.
  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has reopened its Operation Blue Roof Program in Calcasieu Parish. Metal roofs are also eligible. To apply for this FREE service, call 1-888-ROOF-BLU or visit: usace.army.mil/blueroof//
  • The parish evacuation plan for residents who need transportation to shelters has been reinstated. Residents may call 211 for shelter information or 911 if they cannot self-evacuate to the Burton Complex. Residents who can self-evacuate may drive to the Megashelter in Alexandria at 8125 Highway 71 South.
  • The National Guard will distribute food, water and ice to residents from 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. at the following locations:
  1. Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore Dr.
  2. Old Tyme Variety Store, 810 Ruth St., Sulphur
  3. DeQuincy Railroad Museum
  4. Iowa KC Hall, 503 U.S. 90
  5. 568 Sulphur Ave., Westlake
  6. Memorial Park Plaza- 3009 Gerstner Memorial Parkway, Lake Charles
  7. Westlake - Old Baptist Church, Burton Street
  • Entergy reports that about 900 customers in Calcasieu are still without power. They estimate that the majority of customers will be restored by Thursday, Oct. 15. To report an outage or for reconnections: www.entergy.com; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EntergyLA. Beauregard Electric: www.beci.org or https://www.facebook.com/BeauregardElectric.
  • Waste Management has resumed its regular routes. Republic Services has resumed routes servicing each day’s customers one day behind schedule through Saturday, Oct. 17. Call Waste Management at 436-7229 with questions or if you’re missing a trash container.
  • The Residential Solid Waste Convenience Centers in Lake Charles and Sulphur remain closed.
  • Water service remains an issue in Calcasieu Parish. Contact your water system provider should you suspect a leak or other damage to your water system. Boil advisories have been issued for nine Calcasieu Parish water providers including Vinton, Iowa, the City of Lake Charles, Calcasieu Waterworks District No. 1 and Carlyss Waterworks District No. 9.
  • FEMA has resumed its drive-thru services and walk-up operations.

Drive through facilities:

  • Lake Charles Civic Center.
  • Frasch Park, 400 Picard Road in Sulphur.

No appointment is necessary. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.

Walk-up facilities:

  • Huber Park Community Center, 24021 Fourth Ave. (14th Street entrance) in Lake Charles (open Oct. 1- Oct. 8)
  • Martin Luther King Center, 2009 N. Simmons St., Lake Charles (open through Oct. 8).

Both are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Face coverings are required.

  • The parish debris contractor has resumed pickup. A total of 140 trucks are removing debris daily from the 1,100 miles of parish roads. Debris is being taken to eight temporary landfills – more are being added to quicken the process. Trucks are picking up an estimated 60,000 cubic yards of debris a day. Debris trucks have extended boom claws so residents do not need to place debris in the ditches or block the roadways. It is important to sort debris when placing it curbside – separate piles into vegetation, construction, appliances/white goods, electronics and hazardous household waste. Visit the Emergency Information Page at calcasieuparish.gov for a graphic and video explaining the separation process.
  • Visit Calcasieu Parish Animal Services' new link at petharbor.com for Hurricane Laura pets. If you are holding or found an animal since the storm, please make a post on the Pet Harbor Disaster page. If you see any animal injured or in distress, call the shelter’s temporary phone number at 721-3730 or 853-9573 for assistance. Animal Services is meeting with residents by appointment only due to damage at their facility. Residents may call 721-3730 or 853-9573 to schedule an appointment. Please like the shelter’s Facebook Page at “Calcasieu Parish ASA.”
  • The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury’s Division of Planning and Development has guidance on which storm-related repairs need permits for the work to be completed. Residents in unincorporated areas of Calcasieu Parish need to obtain permits if their electrical service (e.g. the weather head) is damaged or if they have structural damage (e.g. new framing is required to repair the roof). They do not need permits if the electrical damage is limited to the utility company’s components (e.g. the line is down at the road) or if the damage is cosmetic (e.g. replacing shingles). Other examples are non-structural roofing, tarping and demolition. For more detailed information, visit https://www.calcasieuparish.gov/services/planning-development. To apply for and check the status of building permits online, visit www.calcasieuparish.gov/Permits. If you have any questions, call 721-3600 or 721-3610. Staff is limited so please be patient when calling.
  • United Way of Southwest Louisiana’s Hurricane Relief Center and food pickup location is located at 2401 6th St., Lake Charles, for those in need. Available items include non-perishable food, pet food, bottled water and cleaning supplies. Hot meals will be available at lunch every day. Donations can be dropped off at this location. It will be open 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. seven days a week. Volunteers are always needed. To make a donation, visit https://unitedwayswla.org/donations to fill out an online form.
  • A Community Primary Care Clinic, staffed by LSU Family Medicine residency physicians, has opened at the Calcasieu Parish Health Unit parking lot, 3236 Kirkman St., Lake Charles. It will be open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. The clinic can handle such services as medication refills for chronic conditions; ordering routine labs, x-rays or other imaging; blood pressure and vital signs checks; basic physical exams; basic medical advice and helping residents connect with available specialists who have resumed their services. There is no out-of-pocket expense for residents and no insurance information is required.
  • COVID-19 testing is available 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Calcasieu Parish Health Unit, 3236 Kirkman St., Lake Charles. This is a drive-thru testing site. Please stay in your vehicle and wear a mask. You must provide a phone number and email address to be tested. An ID is not required. Preregister at www.DoINeedACovid19Test.com.
  • Call United Way’s 211 to connect with resources for help, including places to donate items, a list of open pharmacies, Urgent Care facilities and more.
  • A “Keep Calm Line” has been established to connect residents to resources when dealing with their stress and mental health: 1-866-310-7977.  Also, residents can call 211 for 24-hour crisis counseling.
  • A reminder to residents to please be safe operating generators and chainsaws. Safety guidelines are available on the Emergency Information Page at calcasieuparish.gov. Most of the deaths attributed to Hurricane Laura were due to carbon monoxide poisoning caused by generators.
  • The next parish briefing is at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21.

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