Calcasieu curfew extended to 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

The Calcasieu Parish curfew following Hurricane Laura has been extended to 10 p.m. – 6 a.m. daily, which will allow businesses to stay open longer.

  SWLA electrical companies monitoring Tropical Storm Beta

Three arrested for vehicle fire in Welsh

Sandbag locations for Tropical Storm Beta

Boil advisory lifted in Lake Charles for first time since Laura

Beauregard urges residents in low-lying, flood prone areas to evacuate ahead of Beta

Gov. Edwards declares state of emergency in anticipation of Beta

Continued Coverage

  Sunrise Interview: Calcasieu Parish Mayors - Sept. 21, 2020

  Sunrise Interview: Lenisha Smith with FEMA - Sept. 21, 2020

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Tropical Storm Beta weakens slightly, still moving slowly off to the west

  Sunrise Interview: Representative Stephen Dwight - Sept. 21, 2020

  Sunrise Interview: Dick Gremillion - Sept. 21, 2020

  Local cathedral stands the test of Laura

Beauregard sandbag locations

The Beauregard Parish Police Jury has announced sandbag locations.

Drive-thru DRCs in Calcasieu and Cameron close due to weather

The Drive-thru Disaster Recovery Centers in Bell City, Lake Charles and Sulphur are closed immediately due to predicted inclement weather.

  Local salon owner sees a brighter future through the destruction

Hurricane Laura has caused devastation in so many people’s lives, from damaging homes to even affecting businesses, but some are making the most of the situation.

  Local cemetery deals with clean-up post-Laura

Big Woods Cemetery in Edgerly is part of Southwest Louisiana’s history. Founded in 1827, it’s one of the oldest cemeteries in the state, but that didn’t stop Hurricane Laura from unleashing her fury.

Residents may apply for DSNAP any day, regardless of last name

Cajun Navy issues readiness response statement

FEMA opens drive-thru disaster recovery center in Cameron

State Police looking for hit-and-run suspect

  State lawmakers grill Suddenlink executives on response to Hurricane Laura

  Locals provide free fuel to support Cameron Parish

  Local family holds onto each other and their faith in this trying time

Local family holds onto each other and their faith in this trying time

  Life Christian Academy planning to reopen, just three weeks after Hurricane Laura

It’s been just over three weeks since Hurricane Laura hit Southwest Louisiana, but one private school in Sulphur is working to reopen its doors on Monday.

Boil advisories in Sulphur, Moss Bluff lifted

Boil advisories in Moss Bluff and the City of Sulphur have been lifted.

Beauregard Parish schools to reopen amid Laura recovery

In the wake of Hurricane Laura, the Beauregard Parish School Board is making plans for the reopening of schools, as well as engaging in clean up and recovery to facilitate returning to school, according to Superintendent Timothy Cooley.

  'Sawdust Soldiers’ clean yards for Allen Parish community

Since the day after the storm, Eric Kuyper and the “Sawdust Soldiers” have been helping cut trees and remove debris from homes of those that can’t do it themselves.

  Darrell’s Specials continue to fill Lake Area

We’ve all been feeling a little down in the dumps lately, but I think we can all agree, a Darrell’s Special makes everything better.

Deputies searching for suspect in home invasion on Loftin Road in Lake Charles

Calcasieu Sheriff’s Office officials say someone forced his way into a home on Loftin Road around 8:30 a.m. Friday, used a cable to choke a resident, stole her purse, then fled.

Remembering Remy: The gentle giant off the field who was full of love

While his stature was intimidating on the football field, it was the size of Remy’s heart that will be remembered by those who knew him.

Lake Charles Updates: Friday, Sept. 18

The City of Lake Charles has provided numerous updates for Friday, Sept. 18.

One killed in fire at Calcasieu Refining

A contractor died following a fire at Calcasieu Refining Thursday, state police confirm.

  Calcasieu updates on Laura recovery - Sept. 18

Calcasieu officials are holding a briefing on the recovery from Hurricane Laura at 4 p.m.

VIDEO: Audubon Coastal Wildlife Network rescues stranded dolphin in Cameron Parish

The dolphin was trapped in a pond that was 9 miles inland. According to the report, she most likely got stuck due to a storm surge created by Hurricane Laura.

Walmart raising wages for about 165,000 workers

Approximately 165,000 hourly workers at Walmart will be getting a pay raise ahead of schedule.

  Sunrise Interview: John Ware on KPLC’s ongoing repairs - Sept. 18, 2020

We spoke to KPLC General Manager John Ware about the damage KPLC sustained during Hurricane Laura, the ongoing repairs to our studio, and when viewers can expect us to be broadcasting out of our station again.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Rain returns late into the weekend as we track a slow moving storm in the Gulf through next week

Rain chances stay low through the first part of the weekend, but increasing rain chances for the latter half of the weekend will arrive thanks to tropical moisture associated with what is expected to become Tropical Storm Wilfred later today.

  Mail service: some have no issues, others can’t catch a break

Like with other services, such as electricity or garbage pick up, opinions vary greatly when it comes to the United States Postal Service.

  Latino communities support one another in Hurricane Laura aftermath

Communicating can be difficult for non-English speakers in need of hurricane relief assistance.

  Stress can kill; counseling service for those overwhelmed with the aftermath of Hurricane Laura

Stress can kill; counseling service for those overwhelmed with the aftermath of Hurricane Laura

  Rutherford beach residents disheartened after returning home

Rutherford beach residents disheartened after returning home

  ‘Cheer’ star Jerry Harris arrested on child porn charges

Jerry Harris, the star of the Netflix documentary series “Cheer,” was arrested Thursday on felony charges of production of child pornography.

Gov. Edwards adjusts Phase 3 order to extend alcohol sales by one hour for eligible parishes

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Thursday, Sept. 17 he altered his Phase 3 order to allow the on-site sale and consumption of alcohol until 11 p.m. at restaurants, casinos, and bars in parishes that are eligible to opt in to reopen bars.

  Southern Spice eager to rebuild and serve Lake Area

A local restaurant owner is dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Laura at both his Lake Charles and Moss Bluff locations, but now, he’s working to get both back open for business again.

  Forestry company owned by former inmates help SWLA with tree removal

Piles of trees and debris are a common sight in Southwest Louisiana as the community works to rebuild.

Raising Cane’s hosting fundraiser for local communities on Tuesday

Raising Cane’s hopes to raise $100,000 with a fundraiser to support local communities across Louisiana and Texas that have been impacted by Hurricane Laura on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

  Stellar Beans opens as food and supply pantry

Stellar Beans opens as food and supply pantry.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Clouds stick around into the weekend, watching the southern Gulf for potential development

We have seen partly cloudy skies this afternoon, which is a good thing because there is no rain associated with the clouds and it’s holding temperatures down as well. Highs have only reached the lower and middle 80′s which is right around and slightly below average for this time of year.

  Sunrise Interview: Robbie Lee with Suddenlink - Sept. 17, 2020

We spoke to Regional Vice President Robbie Lee with Suddenlink this morning.

Houses of worship may be eligible for FEMA

Private nonprofit houses of worship in Louisiana, that qualify, may be eligible for FEMA grants to cover Hurricane Laura-related expenses.

  Many in North Lake Charles return to find property in ruins

As the mandatory hurricane evacuation order is lifted and people return home, many in North Lake Charles are coming back to find their properties, apartments, and businesses in ruin.

  LWC says overpayment notices sent to nearly 7,600 unemployed residents was a ‘technical issue’

The overpayment notices claiming residents owed thousands of dollars to the LWC was a “technical issue" and officials say they are working to resolve the issue.

  Deadline for La. residents to claim IRS stimulus check is Oct. 15

Thousands of Louisiana residents are leaving money on the table, according to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

  GoFundMe campaign aims to raise money to help rebuild historic Sacred Heart Catholic Gym

The Sacred Heart Parish Hall/Gymnasium, a centerpiece of community life and activities for the Church, was left only as a shell of its original structure, with its roof completely destroyed by the hurricane.

Mosquito plane flying early in Cameron this evening

The Cameron Parish mosquito control plane will take flight two hours before sunset. Sunset is at 7:15 p.m.

  Next steps for Hurricane Laura victims looking to apply for FEMA assistance

Hurricane Laura victims taking more steps with FEMA assistance.

  Sunrise Interview: Calcasieu Hospitals - Sept. 17, 2020

We spoke to representatives from several hospitals in Calcasieu Parish about damage to their facilities and if they are still offering services.

  Sunrise Interview: SWLA School District Update - Sept. 17, 2020

We spoke to several Parish School Board superintendents this morning about how they are fairing in recovery.

  Sunrise Interview: Jim Rock with the Lake Area Industry Alliance - Sept. 17, 2020

We spoke to Executive Director Jim Rock with the Lake Area Industry Alliance who gave us an update on Lake Area industries and how they weathered the storm.

  Sunrise Interview: U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy - Sept. 17, 2020

We spoke to U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy this morning who says he’s working to keep Hurricane Laura in the spotlight and that he has spoken personally with the president about our recovery efforts.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Clouds temper the heat today with lower humidity by this weekend; Wilfred likely to form in the Gulf this week

With the storm weary Gulf getting a reprieve from tropical impacts today, the season stays busy as yet another tropical system could form today or tomorrow in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico

  Sunrise Interview: Tom Hoefer with the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury - Sept. 17, 2020

We spoke to Tom Hoefer with the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury on how recovery in the parish is progressing and on why residents still need to separate their refuse.

  McNeese plans for fall semester while dealing with millions in damage

McNeese State University was already dealing with a pandemic, and now, they have damages from Hurricane Laura to deal with. In light of it all, the university says they’re continuing to move forward.

  Livestock producers rebuild after Hurricane Laura

Tina Payne is a cattlewoman who's had to sell all of her cows after Hurricane Laura.

  Beauregard Electric reaches 50 percent restoration mark, answers customers questions

After restoring power to more than 25,000 customers over the last three weeks, Beauregard Electric (BECi) has surpassed the 50-percent mark.

  Luxury tour bus company brings shelter to Lake Area crews

This year has been a difficult one for businesses across the country, but one company out of Nashville, Tennessee, is in Lake Charles providing shelter to some of the crews in the area, hoping it will also help them stay afloat.

Vernon Parish deputy involved in head on crash

In a recent Facebook post, the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Department says at approximately 5 a.m. a motorist struck a VPSO Patrol Deputy head on after narrowly missing another motorist.

  Calcasieu Parish animal shelter working to reunite pets with owners

The Calcasieu Parish animal shelter is working to reunite lost pets with owners in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura.

DOTD gives update on Black Bayou and Grand Lake bridges

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has new updates on the Black Bayou and Grand Lake Bridge.

  Hurricane Laura causes major setback for Lake Charles Salvation Army Shelter

This time three weeks ago, the Salvation Army Shelter was serving its last meals to the near 20 homeless men that were sheltered there before the storm.

City of Lake Charles update on Hurricane Laura - Sept. 16

The City of Lake Charles provides the following update for today, Wednesday, September 16, 2020.

  Calcasieu update on Hurricane Laura recovery - Sept. 16

Calcasieu officials held a briefing on Hurricane Laura recovery on Wednesday.

  VIDEO: Virginia bus passenger robbed while having heart attack; suspect in custody

Video footage shows a man robbing an unresponsive GRTC bus passenger who was having a heart attack.

  Special meeting called Friday at state legislature to question Suddenlink on Hurricane Laura response

State Sen. Ronnie Johns has called a special joint meeting of the Senate and House Commerce Committees to get answers from Suddenlink about the company's response to Hurricane Laura in Southwest Louisiana.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Rain chances remain low, slight drop in humidity ahead too!

Thankfully our forecast is quiet for the next several days with no major issues for SWLA!

  Sunrise Interview: Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon - Sept. 16, 2020

Commissioner Donelon spoke about what different agencies policies cover, about how we’re in a better insurance situation now than 15 years ago, and what basic info each policyholder should understand.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Sally makes landfall over Gulf Shores; meanwhile our weather in SW Louisiana stays quiet for several more days

Higher humidity that has been plaguing the area the past several weeks looks to finally take a bit of a break for awhile as we move closer to the end of the week. A cool front will move through the area by Friday, sending humidity values lower and temperatures down into the 60s by Saturday morning.

  Sunrise Interview: Attorney General Jeff Landry - Sept. 16, 2020

We spoke to Attorney General Jeff Landry this morning about scams, fraudulent contractors, and the importance of taking a selfie with your contractor showing his license plate.

Oklahoma lawmaker planning legislation to classify attacks on police as hate crime

An Oklahoma state senator is planning to file legislation that would make attacks on police, first responders and military members a hate crime.

  Sunrise Interview: Lundy Lundy Soileau and South law firm - Sept. 16, 2020

Lundy Lundy Soileau and South law firm have been holding free public meetings on understanding your insurance policy coverage and meeting with adjusters.