Louisiana: Calcasieu Parish Lifts All Curfews, Waste Management Resumes Regular Collection, and Numerous Food and Relief Sites Are Available for Residents

By Heidi VanderVelde

Local officials have announced that the modified curfew, from 8:00pm – 6:00am, has been lifted.  There are no curfews in place anymore for Calcasieu Parish.

Local officials have announced that all residents who evacuated to a state-run shelter for Hurricane Ike have returned.  In total, 1300 residents left Calcasieu Parish last Thursday, September 11, for shelters in Shreveport and Alexandria.

The busses carrying the evacuees began returning to Southwest Louisiana at 2:00 am, Monday morning, with the last bus arriving by mid-morning.  Members of the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, City of Lake Charles, Calcasieu Medical Reserve Corps, National Guard, and Red Cross took part in the effort.  
The only remaining shelter open in Lake Charles is located at MLK Community Center, 2009 N. Simmons, Lake Charles, 337-491-1497.  This shelter is now being operated by the Red Cross.

All waterways in Calcasieu Parish are closed to boat traffic.  Deatonville residents are being allowed to travel to their homes by boat provided they launch from Calcasieu Point and have a driver’s license that proves they live in Deatonville.

Waste Management has resumed their regular garbage collection routes.  In addition, the parish will provide two manned drop-off sites for household solid waste only through Tuesday.  This is not for debris from the storm.  The sites are:

Post Oak Pavilion

2911 Post Oak Rd.,

Sulphur

Ward 1 Parish Barn

461 Parish Rd.

Moss Bluff

The sites will be open Monday and Tuesday only from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

All Calcasieu Parish Library locations will reopen Tuesday at 12p.m.
Feeding and relief sites are at the following locations:

Second Harvest Food Bank with Church of the King/PRC at Vineyard Church

Gulf Highway, Cameron Parish line

non-perishables, water, MREs

beginning Monday, 4pm; Tuesday lunch and dinner-time

DAILY

Second Harvest Food Bank with Church of the King/PRC (remote location)

Boone’s Corner (Hwy 384/385)

hot lunch and dinner

beginning Monday, 4pm; Tuesday lunch and dinner-time

DAILY

Second Harvest Food Bank at Catholic Charities Lake Charles

612 Louisiana Avenue at the Sacred Heart School Gym, Lake Charles

non-perishables and food pantry items only

Monday, Sept 15th 2-4pm

DAILY

Second Harvest Food Bank at Greater St. Mary’s

1401 Moeling Street, Lake Charles

pantry items, clothing, other supplies

Monday, Sept 15th, 9am – 2pm

DAILY

Second Harvest Food Bank at Maplewood Church

(Sulphur)

cleaning items

Beginning Wednesday after lunch

DAILY

The Salvation Army

Nelson Road WalMart, Lake Charles

hot lunches and hot dinners available daily; also have clean-up kits available

DAILY

The Salvation Army

starting Monday, Sept 15

hot lunch and hot dinner at the Thrift Store; also have clean-up kits available

2008 Sampson, Westlake

DAILY

The Salvation Army

starting Monday, Sept 15, normal store hours

clean up kits only

Thrift Store, Moss Bluff (Sam Houston Blvd)

DAILY

Second Harvest Food Bank and Salvation Army will have additional mobile sites will be established for Cameron and Vermilion once it has been declared safe to enter those areas under mandatory evacuation and curfews have been lifted.  Additional sites in parishes surrounding Calcasieu are available by contacting 211, visiting www.cppj.net or www.no-hunger.org and looking for the agency/feeding site information.  Services available in the other southern parishes of Louisiana are available on the Second harvest website (www.no-hunger.org) or by contacting 211.

American Red Cross feeding sites -

hot lunches are served at these locations between 11am – 1pm and hot dinners will be served at the same locations between 4pm and 6pm:

Vinton City Hall (Calcasieu Parish)

Reeves Fire Department (Allen Parish)

West Calcasieu Arena in Sulphur (Calcasieu Parish)

Maplewood Baptist Church in Sulphur (Calcasieu Parish)

Lagrange Soccer Field in Lake Charles, behind the old Applebee’s (Calcasieu Parish)

Roanoke Fire Department (Jefferson Davis Parish)

Huber Park in Lake Charles (Calcasieu Parish)
Topsy VFW in Ragley (Beauregard Parish)

Kinder Fire Department (Allen Parish)

Monaghan Center in Westlake (Calcasieu Parish)

Calcasieu Parish Permitting Reminder:

Prior to commencement of work, all development within the unincorporated areas of Calcasieu Parish must receive permits from the Calcasieu Parish Permit Office.  Development includes, but is not limited to, any electrical work, any plumbing work, demolition of structures, rebuilding, and placement of temporary residences.  Priming of water wells does not require a permit.  In most cases, FEMA and the SBA loan programs will require proof of permitting for file purposes.  For additional information on the permitting process, call 337-721-3610 or visit http://www.cppj.net/dept/planning/devpermit.asp.

Source:  “Press Release.”  Calcasieu Parish Police Jury.  15 September 2008, 2:00 PM.

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