Lousiana: Calcasieu Parish Opening Feeding Sites; Waste Management Resumes Garbage Collection Today

By Heidi VanderVelde

Local officials have announced that the 24-hour, parish-wide curfew has been lifted. A modified curfew, beginning at 8:00pm – 6:00am, has been issued for all residents.  This modified curfew will remain in place until further notice. No vehicular and pedestrian traffic should be on the roadways once the curfew begins, except essential emergency vehicles.

Waste Management will resume their regular garbage collection routes Monday September 15th.  In addition, for a two-day period, the parish will provide two manned drop-off sites for household solid waste only.  This is not for debris from the storm.  The sites are:
* Post Oak Pavilion
2911 Post Oak Rd.,

*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.

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.

Feeding sites for Calcasieu Parish are being opened tonight and tomorrow at the following locations:

Second Harvest Food Bank at Church of the King
2145 Oakpark Blvd, Lake Charles
Hot lunches at lunchtime, cleaning supplies, non-perishable food items
Monday, Sept 15th, noon

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

Second Harvest Food Bank at Greater St. Mary’s
1401 Moeling Street, Lake Charles
Pantry items, clothing, other suppliesMonday, Sept 15th, 9am – 2pm

The Salvation Army
Nelson Road WalMart, Lake Charles
hot lunches and hot dinners available daily; also have clean-up kits available

The Salvation Army
starting Monday, Sept 15
hot lunch and hot dinner at the Thrift Store; also have clean-up kits available
2008 Hampson, Westlake

The Salvation Army
starting Monday, Sept 15
clean up kits only
Thrift Store, Moss Bluff (Sam Houston Blvd)

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.  Serivces available in the other southern parishes of Louisiana are available on the Second harvest website (www.no-hunger.org) or by contacting 211.

Source:  “Hurricane Information.”  Calcasieu Parish Police Jury.  14 September 2008, 6:00 PM.

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