Calcasieu officials urge residents to stay off roads today

Published: Sep. 13, 2021 at 1:07 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 13, 2021 at 6:38 PM CDT
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Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - Calcasieu Parish leaders urged residents to stay off the roads today as Tropical Storm Nicholas makes its way north.

The storm could bring heavy rains to Southwest Louisiana.

You can track rainfall in your area HERE.

Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso asked people to use common sense when determining whether to drive.

“If you don’t have to get out tomorrow, then don’t,” Mancuso said. “Even if it looks like in the morning that it’s pretty good, this can come upon us pretty quick.”

Police Jury President Brian Abshire issued a Proclamation of a State of Emergency ahead of the storm.

“We’re hoping these precautions that we are taking are not necessary, but we don’t know what Tropical Storm Nicholas will bring,” Abshire said.

Mancuso said his office, along with the National Guard, is ready to make water rescues, if necessary.

“We’re going to prepare and we’re going to plan and we’re going to hope that it just doesn’t come here and get this bad, but we’re prepared if it does,” Mancuso said.

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