City of LC proactive ahead of storm

The city of Lake Charles is bracing for Tropical Depression Harvey, expected to make landfall in Southwest Louisiana late Friday and to continue for several days.

Department heads briefed Mayor Nic Hunter, who took office in July, on the city’s emergency weather procedure Wednesday, and together they identified ways to be “more proactive than in the past,” Hunter said. 

One way is by having public works employees check storm drains and catch basins, especially those in flood-prone areas, before the rain comes to make sure they aren’t blocked by existing debris.

Another is by placing barricades on neutral ground near the edge of high-risk roads so that barricades will be on hand when flooding begins, Hunter said. He said public works employees, police officers and firefighters will be authorized to move the barricades into the road.

“We’ve had so many weather events in Southwest Louisiana, and we’ve learned so many lessons from each one,” Hunter said. “It’s important that when one does come up, we don’t forget those lessons.”

He said public works employees will watch the roads “day and night” once the storm comes to make sure drains stay clear of debris and that roads are properly barricaded.

The city is also asking residents to do their part by picking up toys, limbs and other loose items that may clog catch basins and to tune into local news agencies, said spokesman Matt Young.

Hunter urged residents not to drive fast down flooded roads.

“Even if you feel that driving at a high speed is not going to endanger you, it does endanger homes that border these roads, and it’s just dangerous for other vehicles that are passing by,” Hunter said.

It’s against the law to drive a vehicle in a flooded area “where it may reasonably be foreseen that the waves caused by the movement of the vehicle will cause damage to structures, or wash into the structures,” according to the city code. 

Residents caught doing so could be fined or sentenced to community service.

Local News

Airline passengers advised to know gun laws when traveling

life

John Bradford doesn’t just grow daylilies, he makes new varieties of them

Local News

Grants available to those who provide summer programs for low-income youth

Local News

Advocates say Supreme Court must preserve new, mostly Black US House district for 2024 elections

Local News

WEATHER WATCH: Increased risk of flash flooding, severe thunderstorms tomorrow

Crime

Possession of stolen firearms lands LC man in prison

Crime

5/1: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff announces arrest list

Local News

Cassidy blasts President Biden over FAFSA rollout delay

Local News

United Methodists repeal longstanding ban on LGBTQ clergy

Local News

Bill to regulate tolls on new Calcasieu River Bridge advances

Local News

Democrats say they will save Speaker Johnson’s job if Republicans try to oust him

Jim Beam

Jim Beam column:PAR, CABL have right solutions

Informer

The Informer: New ‘select’ school definition includes charter, magnet schools

Local News

Superintendent apologizes to bus drivers, board institutes delayed start policy for severe weather days

Local News

US judges have rejected a map that would have given Louisiana a new majority-Black House district

Local News

US poised to ease restrictions on marijuana in historic shift, but it’ll remain controlled substance

McNeese Sports

Texas trip opens in Houston

Local News

Louisiana Senate Republicans against Biden’s ‘reckless changes’ to Title IX

Local News

BREAKING: Police Juror Tramonte dies unexpectedly at 54

Crime

4/30: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff announces arrest list

Local News

Judge finds Trump violated gag order in hush money trial 9 times, fines him $9K

Local News

Higgins issues statement on Louisiana’s Title IX lawsuit

life

Barristers Bingo is back

Business

La. Board of Commerce and Industry: Simien out, Moss in