Lake Charles City Hall roof construction begins

Published: Apr. 27, 2021 at 8:34 PM CDT
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LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - City Hall roof construction began Tuesday morning as efforts to rebuild Southwest Louisiana continue.

“Day by day, we are seeing progress,” said Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter.

The roof project at City Hall has begun, and Mayor Hunter said it includes, “changing out the H-VAC equipment that’s on the roof and moving a small building that was actually on top of City Hall.”

The small building was once used to house Nextel communication equipment that is now outdated.

“We don’t want to just put Band-Aids on city buildings. We want to build back more resilient,” Hunter said. “We want to be more prepared and even stronger for the next storm.”

Hunter said as more plans develop, the City will take on other buildings that were destroyed in the storms. Several buildings throughout Lake Charles that the City wants to demolish include Public Works on Broad Street and the SWAT building on Country Club Road. Hunter said he is working with insurance companies and FEMA on those projects.

Other buildings that have sustained damage have moved locations while repairs happen. The Water Billing office has moved to the Transit Center at 1155 Ryan St.

“This is just another example of the steps forward that we’re making, and every day, it’s little by little every day that we’re focusing on those victories,” Hunter said. “Sometimes they’re large victories. Sometimes they’re small victories.”

Roof construction is expected to take three to four weeks. The South entrance to the building will be closed for this time. The City is asking visitors to only use the Northern entrance of City Hall on Pujo Street.

“People can still access City Hall,” Hunter said. “We’re just asking people to be mindful, be careful, be safe.”

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