Saturday, October 1

Calcasieu OEP Info 10-1-05

Calcasieu OEP Fact Sheet 10-1
Updated 11:00am

Calcasieu Visit, the first phase of the parish re-entry plan continues today. It is a “look and Leave” period for residents to assess their property and gather needed belongings and return to temporary residences. (Refer to fact sheet issued Thursday).

· Calcasieu Parish has announced Blue Roof program sign-up locations with tarps for temporary roof repair. Call 1-888-ROOFBLU for details. This number is for informational purposes only. You must register in person at one of the sites.

Parish Government Building Time: 9:00am-5:30pm
1015 Pithon Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601

Moss Bluff United Methodist Church Time: 9:00am-5:30pm
735 Sam Houston Jones Parkway
Moss Bluff, LA 70611

Vinton City Hall Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
1200 Horridge Street
Vinton, LA 70664

Fire Station No. 2 Time: 9:00am-5:30pm
3501 Maplewood Dr.
Sulphur, LA 70663

Fire Station No. 3 Time: 9:00am-5:30pm
200 Darbonne
Sulphur, LA 70663

Tarps for temporary repairs are available at all supply distribution sites (Civic Center, Old Wal Mart in Sulphur, Old Wal Mart in Moss Bluff, Vinton Elementary, Iowa High School and Phelps Correctional Center).

The Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Program is also providing tarping and tree-removal services at First Baptist Church in Lake Charles at 830 Hodges and at First Baptist Church of Maplewood 4501 Maplewood Drive in Sulphur.

Calcasieu Parish Mosquito Control Director Lucas Terracina is advising area residents that they will be spraying tonight both with aircraft and trucks. Even though the insecticide is safe, Terracina is asking residents to please go inside their houses if they see a truck approaching and remain inside for ten to fifteen minutes after they pass by. Large, low-flying military aircraft C-130s will begin spraying today. They will be in the western part of the Parish beginning at around 4pm and ending at dark.

A curfew still remains in effect from dusk till dawn parish-wide.

The City of Lake Charles has established drop-off locations for household garbage (no storm debris or limbs) at the following locations:

MLK Center -2009 Simmons
Reynaud Middle School –745 Shattuck
TH Watkins Elementary –2501 7th Avenue
Barbe Elementary –Penn St.
LaGrange HS -3420 Louisiana Ave
FK White Middle School –1000 East McNeese
Barbe High School –2200 West McNeese

Sulphur City household garbage drop-off locations:

City Pavilion on Huntington Street
Old Winn Dixie Parking Lot on Beglis

Westlake: Managan Center

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is asking residents in parishes where hurricane removal work is in progress, as assigned by FEMA and managed by the Corps of Engineers, to separate items to facilitate efficient removal.

Debris should be placed curbside and separated into the following categories:
1. Metal
2. Vegetative (tree limbs, leaves, etc.)
3. Large appliances like refrigerators, stoves, air conditioners, etc.
4. Construction and demolition debris (carpeting, roofing siding, etc.)

Residents outside of parish that are currently displaced are encouraged to look to the following websites for information: (information is limited at this time)

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has closed all waterways in Calcasieu and Cameron parishes to all vessel traffic other than approved commercial and emergency traffic.

Calcasieu Parish officials are not set up to accept donations of goods. Local officials say that process will begin at a later time when services are restored. Local charities should handle donations and distribution of goods on their own until further notice.

Salvation Army’s Canteen Locations today (10/):
Iowa: Lawrence Toups Park
Singer: Singer Baptist Church
Starks: Starks Silver Dollar 109 River Rd.
Vinton: Vinton Elementary
Hackberry: Hackberry Community Center
Moss Bluff: New Wal-Mart
Westlake: Community Center
Lake Charles: Family Dollar on 171
Martin Luther King Center
LeBleu Chevron @ Hwy. 3059
Cameron Recreation Center

Primary Supply Distribution Sites:
Lake Charles
-Civic Center

-Climatrol Building (old Wal Mart) Cities Service Highway.

Moss Bluff
-Old Wal Mart

Secondary sites

-Phelps Correctional Center

-Vinton elementary
-Iowa High School

Residents will be given MREs, water, and ice. We are working this with both military and FEMA sources.

Special emphasis on Food and Water distribution has been placed on Northern Calcasieu Parish, Southern Beauregard Parish and Starks rural areas. Those residents are encouraged to go to Phelps Correctional Center for commodities and are encouraged to car pool and send larger vehicles to get supplies for multiple families.

City officials are asking residents of Lake Charles to conserve their water usage. Water and sewer facilities are limited at this time. As previously mentioned, all water should be boiled and treated before consumption.

A parish-wide burning ban is in effect. This ban includes all municipalities as well as unincorporated areas.

Black Bayou pontoon bridge is open for vehicle traffic from sunrise to 10am. The remainder of the day the bridge will be closed to vehicle traffic to allow marine traffic only.

Calcasieu Parish Employees Credit Union has established a number for members to call if they need cash from their accounts. Call 337-540-7766 if you need a check mailed to your temporary location.

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