Hurricane Delta

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Storm exhaustion arrives

At the beginning of the year, the storm gurus said they were more confident than usual that this hurricane season would be busier than usual. They didn’t know how right they would be.
The respected Colorado State University storm team predicted 16 named storms, eight of them hurricanes, and four of those major storms. AccuWeather foresaw 14 to 20 named storms, seven to 11 of them becoming hurricanes, and four to six of them growing into large storms. Weather Channel analysts expected 16 to 18 named storms, eight or nine of them hurricanes.

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Debris from Hurricane Laura has been stored on a lot at Jelks Street and Maple Avenue in Eunice. With Hurricane Delta, the city has a new load of debris to clear. (Photo by Myra Miller)

Debris pickup slated to begin Monday

Back-to-back hurricanes left an avalanche of debris in Eunice and across the area that needs to be picked up.
Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot said crews will begin picking up debris left on the side of roads on Monday.
Whether it will be city or parish crews was uncertain Friday morning.
City crews had just finished picking up the debris from Hurricane Laura that hit Aug. 27 when Hurricane Delta struck on Oct. 9, he said.
On Friday, the FEMA disaster declaration was amended to include reimbursement to city for debris removal from Laura, he said.

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Hurricane Delta ripped the roof off of Ronnie’s Place at La. 13 and Sittig Road. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Hurricane Delta hit hard

There were no injuries reported in Eunice from Hurricane Delta, but it turned into a tree-toppling mess-maker.
Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot said Delta was worse for Eunice than Hurricane Laura six weeks ago.
“We have a ton of debris now roadside,” he said at Tuesday’s Board of Aldermen meeting.
Delta struck Friday evening delivering 100 mph winds as it made landfall at Creole as a Category 2 storm. It was the 10th named storm to hit the United States in 2020 — the most ever recorded in a single year.

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Drive-thru Disaster Recovery Center opening today in Eunice

A drive-thru Disaster Recovery Center will open in Eunice today.
The center is staffed with FEMA personnel who are available to scan documents, assist with registration and answer questions about disaster-assistance programs.
The center operates under strict COVID-19 protocols to ensure visitors are safe. Masks or face coverings are required for entry and service. Survivors remain in their cars. A specialist wearing a face mask will receive documents through the window and return them.

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St. Landry Parish Government announces several Delta recovery efforts

St. Landry Parish President Jessie Bellard announced several Hurricane Delta recovery efforts in the parish this week.
Bellard encourages residents whose home or business has experienced storm damage, including wind and/or flooding as a result of Hurricane Delta, to fill out a Damage Assessment Form. This information not only documents the impact of the storm on individuals, families, and businesses, it also assists the parish in qualifying for future federal funding. Visit damage.la.gov or stlandrypg.org.

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