Eric Frank, left, and Reginald Clark fills sandbags at the Northwest Pavilion Wednesday. (Photo by Myra Miller)
Hurricane threat developing
The National Weather Service on Wednesday was advising that a hurricane threat was increasing for the region.
People should be prepared for hurricane-force winds by Saturday, with tropical force winds starting on Friday.
Rainfall totals will be 10 to 15 inches along and right of the path and will result in significant flooding.
The path given by Weather Service has the storm in the Gulf of Mexico and south of Eunice by 7 a.m. Saturday. The track shows a landfall in southwest Louisiana.
The St. Landry Parish Government Public Works is making sandbags available at the Northwest Pavilion, 555 Samuel Drive, in Eunice.
Other sandbag locations in St. Landry Parish are:
— Yambilee Building, 1939 W. Landry St., Opelousas.
— District 6 Public Works Commission, 18637 Hwy./190 in Port Barre open to Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
— District 5 Public Works District, 6543 Hwy. 71 in Palmetto, open Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
— Town of Sunset sandbag site at 136 Castille St. is open through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Residents are asked to bring their own shovel and be prepared to fill their own bags, a news release stated.
Sand and bags will be available at each location.
“Parish President, W.K. Bill Fontenot, “Mayor Scott Fontenot, and Mayor Carroll Snyder, advise residents to be prepared before any potential tropical weather. Review your family and/or business emergency plan. Keep needed supplies on hand, such as medications, food, water, and do not forget about your pets. Clear any debris from your yard and ditches and secure outdoor items. Most importantly, stay informed. Listen to local news outlets and keep up-to-date in case situation,” the news release stated.
On Wednesday, Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency for all of Louisiana in preparation for the impact of the low-pressure system, Invest 92L, in the Gulf of Mexico. The system will likely produce storm surge, hurricane-force winds and up to 15 inches of rain across the state.
“This is going to be a Louisiana event with coastal flooding and widespread, heavy rainfall potentially impacting every part of the state,” Edwards said.
“No one should take this storm lightly. As we know all too well in Louisiana, low intensity does not necessarily mean low impact. Now is the time to check your emergency supplies and get a gameplan for your family and pets. I urge the public to continue monitoring local media for weather developments and follow the directions of local officials. We expect multiple parishes to declare states of emergency, and we stand ready to assist our local partners with all available resources. My office is in constant communication with FEMA and we will continue to provide updates as necessary,” he said.