Hurricane Laura

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.

Boil advisory lifted in Lake Charles for first time since Laura

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

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

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

  Sunrise Interview: Dick Gremillion - Sept. 21, 2020

  Local cathedral stands the test of Laura

Continued Coverage

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

  Local salon owner sees a brighter future through the destruction

  Local cemetery deals with clean-up post-Laura

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 lawmakers grill Suddenlink executives on response to Hurricane Laura

State lawmakers grilled executives with Suddenlink on the company’s response in the wake of Hurricane Laura. Suddenlink executives appeared before the state Joint Commerce Committee during a more than three hours Friday.

  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

  'Sawdust Soldiers’ clean yards for Allen Parish community

  Darrell’s Specials continue to fill Lake Area

Lake Charles Updates: Friday, Sept. 18

  Calcasieu updates on Laura recovery - Sept. 18

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

  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.

  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

  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.

  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.

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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  Sunrise Interview: FEMA representative Lenisha Smith - Sept. 16, 2020

We spoke with FEMA representative Lenisha Smith this morning about generator and chainsaw reimbursements and a new rental assistance program.

  Sunrise Interview: SWLA Economic Development Alliance - Sept. 16, 2020

We spoke to President George Swift of the SWLA Economic Development Alliance who talked about what is needed to help small businesses already reeling from COVID-19.

  Sunrise Interview: State Rep. Phillip Tarver - Sept. 16, 2020

We spoke to State Rep. Phillip Tarver this morning about the internet in SWLA and how they’ve been trying to address the issue since it doesn’t fall under their jurisdiction.

  Sunrise Interview: Sheriff Ron Johnson - Sept. 16, 2020

We spoke with Cameron Sheriff Ron Johnson this morning about conditions in the parish, how a sheriff’s office in Kansas drove all the way down with supplies, and the status of the ferry.

  Sunrise Interview: Dick Gremillion - Sept. 16, 2020

We spoke with Dick Gremillion with OHSEP today about the status of recovery efforts in the parish.

DeRidder releases debris pick-up plan

DeRidder released debris pick-up plan

Community Foundation receives $1 million from Blue Cross and Blue Shield foundation

The Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana has received a $1 million grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation to aid in Hurricane Laura relief.

  North Lake Charles set to have power by Sept. 23, according to Entergy

North Lake Charles set to have power by Sept. 23, according to Entergy

  Hurricane Laura causes caskets to float away in Cameron Parish

When Hurricane Rita struck the Gulf Coast in 2005, there were more than 300 bodies that were missing from cemeteries in Cameron Parish. Fifteen years later, the same has happened again.

  Florida woman spends three weeks helping with Hurricane Laura recovery efforts

Just as she returns home from helping with Hurricane Laura recovery efforts in Louisiana, one Florida woman is now preparing for another big storm.

  VIDEO: Repairs continue at KPLC after tower fell during Hurricane Laura

Repairs at KPLC are continuing after the tower fell on the studio during Hurricane Laura.

Calcasieu School Board releases update on reopening plans

The Calcasieu Parish School Board has released an update on the plans for the upcoming school year.

  EVICTION 101: What you need to know about renter and landlord rights

KPLC has received many emails and messages from viewers wondering why they are getting evicted and if it’s legal. Renters have certain rights and landlords have certain rights - all spelled out in the Louisiana Civil Code.

  Sunrise Interview: How to preserve pictures after a storm - Sept. 15, 2020

We spoke to Paula Stebbins with Phototek about ways older pictures can be damaged during a storm and what you can do to restore and preserve them.

  Sunrise Interview: Richert Self with the Port of Lake Charles - Sept. 15, 2020

We spoke with Executive Director Richert Self with the Port of Lake Charles who talked about the substantial damages they received at the port including their off-loading machinery which is affecting various oil and gas clients.

DeRidder issuing burn permits for vegetation

Burning without a permit and inspection is illegal, and the individual may face fines.

LDAF reports on extent of damage to SWLA gas stations following Hurricane Laura

205 gas stations have been inspected by LDAF.

Secretary of State says there will be in-person voting following Hurricane Laura

The Louisiana State Department is working to reestablishing early voting locations and emergency Election Day polling places.

  Sunrise Interview: Shavana Howard with the DCFS - Sept. 15, 2020

We spoke with Shavana Howard with the Department of Children and Family Services about how to apply for DSNAP benefits.

  Sunrise Interview: Mayor Nic Hunter - Sept. 15, 2020

We spoke with Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter who went over his conversation with Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon and clarified some of the policies.

  Sunrise Interview: Heath Allen with Lake Charles Regional Airport - Sept. 15, 2020

We spoke to Executive Director Heath Allen with Lake Charles Regional Airport about the major damage they received to their hangars, terminal building, and to their vintage planes.

  Sunrise Interview: Kevin Melton with Chennault International Airport - Sept. 15, 2020

We spoke with Executive Director Kevin Melton with Chennault International Airport this morning about the over $50 million in damages there and how several businesses at the airport are already up and running.

  Sunrise Interview: Drew Tessier with Union Pacific - Sept. 15, 2020

We spoke to Drew Tessier with Union Pacific this morning who talked about how they prepared ahead of time for the thousands of miles of tracks that they would need to inspect as well as the debris that would need to be cleared.

  Reeves family rode out Hurricane Laura as house was being demolished

Reeves family rode out Hurricane Laura as house was being demolished

  Teacher in France, who taught in Sulphur, works on project for SWLA with students

Teacher in France, who taught in Sulphur, works on project for SWLA with students

  Hurricane Laura takes a toll on Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Louisiana

Hurricane Laura takes a toll on Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Louisiana

  Crying Eagle Brewery speaks on damage and reopening on Sept. 15

Crying Eagle Brewery speaks on damage and reopening on Sept. 15

  SWLA evacuees in New Orleans uncertain as Hurricane Sally approaches

SWLA evacuees in New Orleans uncertain as Hurricane Sally approaches

  First responder describes being separated from family

First responder describes beginning separated from family

  Residents go to court over Wilshire Apartments' unexpected evictions

Residents go to court over Wilshire Apartments' unexpected evictions