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Voluntary Evacuation in Place for Calcasieu Parish; Transportation Available

(Metro Creative Services)

Calcasieu Parish Police Jury President Brian Abshire signed a Proclamation of a State of Emergency as well as an executive order imposing a voluntary evacuation for Calcasieu Parish residents due to anticipated high winds and rain associated with Hurricane Ida.

Calcasieu residents without transportation who wish to evacuate in advance of Hurricane Ida can be taken by transit services to Burton Coliseum 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28.

The evacuees will be transported to a congregate shelter where they will stay for the duration of the storm.  Hotel rooms will not be available.

The voluntary evacuation is recommended because many residents are in temporary housing due to the 2020 hurricanes, which may not offer necessary protection from the effects of Ida.

Calcasieu Parish residents who need transportation should report to one of the following sites:

•           Bell City Fire Station, 8141 Galley Road

•           DeQuincy: Southeast corner of La. 27 and La. 12

•           Carlyss: Stine Parking Lot, La.. 27 South

•           Iowa High School Stadium Parking Lot, 401 W. Miller Ave.

•           Moss Bluff Tractor Supply, 181 U.S. 171

•           Starks VFW, 4402 La. 12

•           Sulphur: Kroger Parking Lot, 1421 S. Beglis Parkway

•           Vinton: Love’s Travel Stop, 2024A West St.

•           Westlake Recreation Center, 1221 Sampson St.

Parish transit buses will stop at each location hourly from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday only for pickups. City of Lake Charles buses will be running regular routes during these hours and will pick up evacuees at city bus stops.

Residents who are unable to get to a pickup location may call 211 to request assistance with transportation. Call 721-3800 or 211 for information. People with transportation may drive to Burton to evacuate.

Accredited media wishing to visit the site must contact 337-802-9560 in advance to gain access.

Written by American Staff

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