St. Mary Parish schools on Friday, February 19th
The continued inclement weather conditions will necessitate the closure of St. Mary Parish schools on Friday, February 19th. Students and staff will return on schedule Monday, February 22nd.
St.Martin Parish Schools will be closed Friday, February 19, 2021
Due to several issues including low water pressure in some communities, St. Martin Parish schools and offices will be closed tomorrow, Friday, February 19, 2021.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana Closures, February 19th
The following Boys & Girls Clubs are closed Friday, February 19th due to the weather.
Jackie Club - 1000 Marie Antoinette, Lafayette
Vermilion Club - 301 A.A. Memorial Dr., Abbeville
Opelousas Club - 814 E. Laurent St., Opelousas
Iberia Club - 430 E. Pershing St., New Iberia
Cheniere Energy Club - 3520 Greinwich Blvd. Lake Charles
Granberry Club - 121 S. Washington St., Lafayette
Sugar ‘b Spice Children’s Academy in Carencro will remain CLOSED on Friday, February 19th.
We would like to announce that Sugar ‘n Spice Children’s Academy in Youngsville, Broussard, and Lafayette will be OPEN on Friday, February 19th. Sugar ‘b Spice Children’s Academy in Carencro will remain CLOSED on Friday, February 19th.
Iberia Parish Schools will remain closed Friday February 19, 2021
All Iberia Parish Schools will remain closed Friday February 19, 2021 due to weather.
Evangeline Parish School District and Offices will be closed Friday February 19, 2021
Due the impact of the recent winter storm, all schools and offices in the Evangeline Parish School District will be closed 2-19-2021. "We expect to reopen Monday, February 22, 2021. Students are expected to complete virtual lessons," says Darwan Lazard
Superintendent of Schools.
Lafayette Parish Schools will remain closed Friday, February 19, 2021
All Lafayette Parish School System schools and officeswill be closed Friday, February 19, 2021.Based ontoday’s assessment of facilities across the district, low water pressure, busted pipes, and heating issues remain a concern. Staff will work through the weekendto address these issues in preparation for there opening of schools on Monday, February 22, 2021.As a reminder, Monday is an A day for 7th, 10th, &11th-grade students, while 6th and 9th-grade students join our elementary, 8th, and 12th-grade students for daily in-person instruction. As a reference, please view the district calendar. For up-to-date information families are asked to refer to the LPSS website and Facebook page.
St. Landry Parish Schools will remain closed Friday, February 19, 2021
OPELOUSAS, LA -- All schools and facilities will remain closed Friday, February 19th due toproblems with water pressure, pipe leaks, and issues involving heating across the parish.District officials say they will not be able to fully identify and repair pipe leaks until water pressurereturns across the district. Additionally, the lack of water pressure prevents boilers fromfunctioning effectively which contributes to heating issues at some schools.Schools will re-open on Monday, February 22, 2021.Continue to follow us on our district and school apps, our website, our Facebook page and thelocal media for updates
All Catholic schools in the Diocese of Lafayette will remain closed Friday, February 19, 2021.
Due to ongoing weather concerns, all Catholic schools in the Diocese of Lafayette will remain closed Friday, February 19, 2021. Classes will resume Monday, February 22.
The Acadia Parish School System will remain closed on Friday, February 19, 2021
The Acadia Parish School System will remain closed on Friday, February 19, 2021 due to continued challenges with winter weather conditions.
"We will continue to assess our facilities and closely monitor water system problems across the parish. We plan to resume normal operations Monday, February 22, 2021."
Jefferson Davis Parish Schools will be closed Friday, February 19, 2021
JDP Schools will be closed for all students on Friday, February 19, 2021.
Vermilion Parish Schools Closed Thursday and Friday February 18-19, 2021
According to Vermilion Parish Officials, All schools in Vermilion Parish will be closed Thursday February 18, 2021 and Friday February 19, 2021 due to low water pressure and ice on roadways and campuses.
Lafayette Christian Academy Closed Thursday, February 18, and Friday, February 19
Lafayette Christian Academy will be closed on Thursday, February 18, and Friday, February 19, due to a boil water advisory and the campus having extremely low water pressure. Both issues are not expected to be resolved before the weekend.
The ACT Workshop will be postponed to a future date.
Ville Platte Residents Urged to Conserve Water
Mayor Jennifer Vidrine is advising residents of Ville Platte to continue efforts to conserve water usage. All water pumping stations in Ville Platte are up and running but they are struggling to keep up with demand.The national weather service is predicting freezing temperatures for the next 2 nights and we are asking the public’s assistance and patience. Vidrinenotes “I know it’s hard to believe, but if we turn our faucets completely off for a while, things will improve rapidly. PLEASE STOP DRIPPING YOUR FAUCETS. Unfortunately, we must caution everyone regarding the upcoming freezing temperatures and recognize that we may be dealing with these water issues a while longer. We pray for all communities in central Louisiana and our neighboring state of Texas enduring these historic conditions and anxiously await their passing.”If you have a city utilityemergency,please call our emergency line at 337/363-3763.
WINTER WEATHER CAUSES CLOSURE OF NON-ESSENTIAL CITY OFFICES AND REQUEST TO CONSERVE WATER
CROWLEY, LOUISIANA - Early this evening, Mayor Tim Monceaux issued the following message to Crowley citizens:
“We have made every attempt to open and operate city-wide departments in these wintery weather conditions; however, the City of Crowley non-essential offices will be closed Thursday, February 18th. I will continue to monitor the weather situation and keep the public informed of any further closures.
“Due to the current winter weather conditions, safe travel on roadways in our area is hindered. Please use every precaution if you must be out and about for the next few days and adhere to all emergency precautions and recommendations.
“According to LAWCO, which provides our water supply, it is very important that you conserve water and not let your water faucets drip. LAWCO suggests a better way of keeping your pipes from freezing is to open your kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors under your sinks to let warmer air surround your pipes. Conserving water through limiting your use of dishwashers and washing machines is also recommended. Please do your part to keep water pressure from becoming dangerously low making fighting fires very difficult. We also want to conserve water so that LAWCO will not have to issue a boil advisory. As of Wednesday, February 17th at 5:30 p.m., the City of Crowley is NOT under a boil advisory.
“Stay tuned to your local weather advisories for updated information.”
Effective immediately, the following road closures are in place due to the threat of winter weather and/or icy conditions. The roads will be reopened as soon as conditions improve and roadways are safe for travel.
- LA 92 from LA 1119 to LA 91
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) urges motorists to stay off the roads during hazardous driving conditions. DOTD will do everything it can to keep Louisiana’s highways and interstate system open in the event of freezing rain, sleet or snow and will prioritize the maintenance and opening of routes based on traffic volumes.
Call 511 or visit www.511la.org for additional information. Out-of-state travelers may call 1-888-ROAD-511(1-888-762-3511).
Motorists may also monitor the LA DOTD website at www.dotd.la.gov, by selecting MYDOTD, or by visiting the DOTD Facebook and Twitter pages.
Message from Opelousas Mayor Julius Alsandor Regarding Winter Weather and Roads, Water and Power
(Opelousas, LA) -Based upon rain and frigid temperatures forecasted for our area, a snow and rain winter mix is expected which will lead to continued accumulation of ice on roads, bridges and overpasses.With additional winter precipitation, the city is asking citizens stay off the roads if at all possible and to avoid ALL unnecessary travel at this time.
The city’s water department crew is still working to resolve the low water pressure issues. The city will continue to operate its pumping facilities at full capacity. We will not be lowering pressure or turning off city water services. We kindly ask residents to reduce water consumption and limit water usage. Please do not have multiple faucets dripping/running at the same time. If you can, please turn home faucets off. The water pressure is low and our water system reserves at the water plant as well as the city reserve tanks have nearly been depleted. Until this issue is corrected, a water-boil advisory remains in effect for Opelousas water customers.
Should customers experience frozen pipes, (1) the best course of action is to contact a plumber so the pipe can be safely thawed and any ruptures repaired immediately, (2) If your water pipes rupture and water is entering the house, use your private shut off valve to turn off the water. If you do not have a shut off valve, or if you cannot find it, call the City Water Distribution office at 337-948-2555.
Along with the icy roadways, ice is accumulating on tree limbs and power lines. With tree limbs and power lines susceptible to breaking, this will cause hazards as well as outages for some areas. Please be prepared for outages related to these storm issues. Thank you for your cooperation.
RAGIN’ CAJUNS-UTA MEN'S BASKETBALL SERIES POSTPONED
LAFAYETTE – With the record-breaking winter storms that have affected much of Louisiana and North Texas, the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Men’s Basketball weekend series against UT Arlington has been postponed in an announcement on Wednesday by both institutions and the Sun Belt Conference.
Both institutions and the league office will work to reschedule the series for next week. The two-game series between Louisiana (14-7, 8-6 Sun Belt) and UTA (11-11, 7-7 Sun Belt) was originally scheduled to begin on Friday at the Cajundome.
Mayor of Opelousas Announces Preparations Ahead of Winter Weather
Opelousas, Louisiana – After considering all the elements related to the winter storm that the city will be confronting, as well as for the safety of all employees, business offices at City Hall and throughout the city will be closed on Monday, February 15. Only essential personnel in street, water and sewer departments, along with first responders (police and fire) scheduled to work, will be on duty.
We kindly ask that ALL non-essential personnel and citizens remain off the roads or delay their travel for the next couple of days due to the hazardous winter conditions and frigid temperatures that our area will be experiencing. There is no safe way to travel on icy roads. We are asking for your cooperation to make our jobs easier. This is so city and utility crews and first responders can handle their jobs in an efficient and safe manner.
As a reminder, should your pipes freeze at home, (1) the best course of action is to contact a plumber so the pipe can be safely thawed and any ruptures repaired immediately, (2) If your water pipes rupture and water is entering the house, use your private shutoff valve to turn off the water. If you do not have a private shutoff valve, or if you cannot find it, call the City Water Distribution office at 337-948-2555 for an emergency turn off at the meter.
As a reminder, the city will also be closed Tuesday, February 16, for the scheduled Mardi Gras holiday. Again, stay safe Opelousas and please avoid traveling on streets and roadways. We thank you in advance. Stay updated by following our facebook page @HistoricOpelousas or www.cityofopelousas.com
God bless all of us, Mayor Alsandor
Crews and contractors supporting Entergy’s Louisiana utilities on standby ahead of winter storms; customers encouraged to be prepared as well
The severe weather could bring wintry precipitation like freezing rain, sleet and snow. The companies are closely monitoring weather forecasts as this type of precipitation can create problems for the electric system and make for hazardous driving conditions, slowing power restoration.
Snow and ice accumulation can add weight to tree limbs and powerlines, causing limbs to break and fall into electric equipment. Ice is much heavier than snow, so if certain areas receive rain in subfreezing temperatures and ice builds up on electric equipment, it could result in power outages.
Restoration during extremely cold weather can take time. If outages do occur, crews may have to bring customers online in phases to avoid damaging the electric system. This is often the case in areas where customers have all-electric homes. To learn more about restoring power in extremely cold weather, visit entergynewsroom.com/storm-center/restoration/extreme-cold/.
Crews will continue practicing social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which may slow restoration work.
Customers should be prepared for winter weather as well. For preparedness and safety tips, visit https://www.entergynewsroom.com/storm-center/winterweather/.
STORM RESTORATION PROCESS
If there are widespread outages, we will deploy scouts to assess damage. We base our estimates of restoration times on those assessments. We will communicate these estimates with you, updating as new information becomes available. Our crews will simultaneously be restoring service where it is deemed safe to do so. We ask for your patience, and please know restoring your power safely and quickly is our top priority.
The restoration process can be hampered by the surge of instantaneous electrical demand from appliances (heating units, water heaters, etc.) when service is restored to your location, potentially overloading protective devices on Entergy’s electrical system. To help mitigate this problem, Entergy encourages you to turn off any electrical heaters or electrical appliances that can easily be turned off until power is restored.
As with any weather event, please be mindful of the following safety tips:
Live wires can be deadly. Stay away from downed power lines. Call 1-800-9OUTAGE or 1-800-968-8243 to report downed or dangling power lines, poles or other damaged equipment.
Do not trim trees or remove debris on or near downed power lines. Only power company crews or their contractors should remove trees or limbs touching power lines.
Keep away from the immediate areas where crews are working. There is always the danger of moving equipment and the possibility of construction materials or limbs or overhead wires falling to the ground.
If you plan on using a generator for temporary power, get a licensed electrician and disconnect from the utility electric system before hooking up to your main electric panel.
Do not run a generator in a confined space without adequate ventilation.
Turn off any electrical appliances that can easily be turned to the off position until power is restored.
Check on seniors, who can be particularly susceptible to extreme temperatures.
Try to stay off the roads in affected areas. Restoration crews can work safer and faster if they don’t have to work around traffic.
We want to keep you informed. The best way to get information about outages is via Entergy’s View Outage page on our website.
Additional resources for your convenience:
Download our free app for your smartphone at entergy.com/app.
Sign up for text alerts. From your cellphone text REG to 36778.
Visit the Entergy Storm Center website.
Follow us on Twitter at @EntergyNOLA and @EntergyLA or on Facebook at Facebook.com/EntergyNOLA or Facebook.com/EntergyLA.
Call us at 800-9OUTAGE (800-968-8243).
Follow updates in your local news media like radio television and newspapers.
Lafayette Consolidated Government’s (LCG) Traffic, Roads, and Bridges Department (TRAB) is preparing for the winter storm expected to affect the area over the next several days.
Earlier today crews worked with the Lafayette Police Department to stage barricades at all bridges in the parish that cross the Vermilion River, as well as other overpasses that might potentially freeze, such as the bridge on Ambassador Caffery that crosses Interstate 10. TRAB workers will also apply a saltwater brine solution and road salt to the bridge decks in an attempt to prevent them from freezing over. City and Parish roads will be monitored by law enforcement officers who will coordinate with TRAB crews if roads become too icy and dangerous for vehicle traffic.
Bucket truck and tree-trimmer crews are also on standby in the event the ice gets thick enough to break branches and down tree limbs. The department is also prepared to staff additional personnel to assist with dispatch and recovery operations. To report iced-over roads or fallen tree limbs, call (337) 291-8517. The dispatch line is active 24-hours a day.
Lafayette Utilities System (LUS) officials have been monitoring the storm and are taking extra precautions to keep electric and water systems running during the expected bitter cold temperatures. “Due to the expected freeze and increased electric demand, power plant staff is making preparations to run the local generation units beginning Sunday afternoon/evening through Tuesday,” said LUS Engineering and Power Supply Manager Jeff Stewart. He added, “Engineering staff is assessing the expected increases in electric and water demand, running contingency studies, and will offer support to the operations staff before, during and after the weather event.”
Temperatures are expected to dip into the upper teens overnight Monday into Tuesday morning. LUS expects an increase in issues related to frozen and ruptured water lines. LUS Water Operations Manager Craig Gautreaux said his team is prepared, “Water distribution and meter services will be working together to be ready for an influx of calls to assist in water shut off at homes. Our plants are ready for any increased production.”
LUS is also making plans to handle an expected increase in customer service calls related to the storm. “We have a phone team on stand-by to assist our dispatch if there is an influx of call. We would then activate our call center. We have teams proactively monitoring LUS systems to make sure everything is maintaining normal operations,” Customer and Support Services Manager Alison Alleman explained. If LUS customers experience an issue with water or electric service they are urged to call (337) 291-5700.
Republic Services Garbage Collection
Due to the inclement weather conditions forecasted for Monday, Republic Services will be closed. Collection will be moved to the following day(s) as follows:
• Monday – No Service
• Tuesday – Monday customers serviced
• Wednesday – Tuesday customers serviced
• Thursday – Wednesday customers serviced
• Friday – Thursday customers serviced
• Saturday – Friday customers serviced
Assistance for the Homeless
The Acadiana Regional Coalition on Homelessness and Housing (ARCH) is working with partner agencies like Outreach Center to let those who are currently unsheltered know that they will be enacting their Freeze Plan which is now in effect. ARCH’s Freeze Plan is set to provide sheltering options during temperatures below 36º F, below 40º F with precipitation, or during inclement weather events. If anyone is unsheltered and needs a shelter resource or if anyone knows someone who needs a shelter resource, should call 232-HELP/211 and they will be referred to ARCH’s Hotel Shelter Program which will find the best resource for their situation.
ARCH’s Freeze Plan is largely funded by the public. If anyone would like to contribute to the ARCH Freeze Fund, they can visit bit.ly/freezefund or contact ARCH directly at (337) 967-0995.
Atmos Energy Safety Tips for Natural Gas Customers
Atmos Energy is also preparing for the winter weather and staging its employees across the system.
They offer these safety tips for Natural Gas Customers:
• Never use an oven or a gas stovetop to heat your home.
• Protect natural gas meters. Natural gas meters are weather-proof; however, to ensure that the meter keeps working smoothly, remove snow and ice from natural gas meters with a broom or brush. Never kick or chip snow and ice away with a hard object.
• Safely remove snow from vents for dryers and other natural gas equipment. Blocked vents for dryers and other gas appliances can lead to a dangerous buildup of carbon monoxide gas.
• Minimize the risk of frozen pipes. Leave cabinet doors open, and close all doors and windows to keep heat inside.
• If you think you smell gas, act fast! Leave the area immediately and from a safe distance call 911 and the Atmos Energy emergency number, 866.322.8667: https://www.atmosenergy.com/safety/recognizing-leak
Don’t Forget About Your Pets
The Lafayette Animal Shelter and Care Center (LASCC) is asking that pet families keep their animals protected from the harsh conditions that are expected over the next few days. LASCC offers these tips:
· Bring pets inside. Put them in a laundry room or bathroom if they aren’t house trained and don’t have a kennel.
· Adequate shelter is mandatory by law. Shelter must have three sides, a roof, and a solid floor. Bedding MUST be provided in cold temps. Straw, hay, wood shavings, and blankets are all sufficient types of bedding and must be DRY.
· Cats are attracted to the warmth of cars, so be sure to always tap on the hood to alert any sleeping animals that would be injured when the car starts.
· If you see something, say something. To report an animal left out in the cold without proper shelter and/or bedding please call the animal shelter during business hours (M-F 8 a.m.-5 p.m.) at (337) 291-5644. After hours dial 911 to notify law enforcement.
Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry urging livestock and pet owners to take necessary precautions to protect their animals
With temperatures dipping near or below freezing in parts of the state early next week, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., is urging livestock and pet owners to take necessary precautions to protect their animals. This is also the time to protect plants, pipes and, of course, people.
“During times like these, it is important to take precautionary measures. If you cannot bring your pets and plants inside, provide adequate shelter or covering. And check on family and friends – if you have an elderly neighbor, please ensure they are safe,” said Strain.
Here are some cold weather tips for livestock, pet and plant owners:
Owners should check their livestock and look for signs of stress, illness or injury.
Pay close attention to the young and older animals as they are more susceptible to problems during frigid conditions.
Provide plenty of hay, feed, supplements and water.
Be sure to check water troughs as they can ice over.
If possible, make adequate shelter available. Even a wind-break will minimize exposure to cold winds.
If possible, keep all companion animals indoors. If this is not an option, make sure there is a dry shelter available and have warm blankets for your pet.
Provide adequate food and water. Monitor water bowls as they can freeze during cold weather.
Consider a sweater for your short-haired dog.
Outdoor cats searching for warmth will sometimes crawl underneath the hood of a vehicle. Cats can be injured or even killed when the car is started.
“Bang on or open the hood of your car so any animal in there trying to stay warm can get out before you crank up that engine,” added Strain.
Move all plants in containers and hanging baskets inside. If this is not possible, group them in a protected area and cover with plastic.
Larger plants can be covered with fabric or plastic.
Thoroughly water plants if the soil is dry.
For plants growing in the ground, mulch them with dry material such as pine straw and leaves.
Connect Via 311
LCG’s 311 hotline and website could be useful tools to have during the severe winter weather. You can call 311 24 hours a day to get connected to LUS and LUS Fiber to report outages or issues. You can also visit the 311 website to report issues to animal control, Lafayette Police, drainage issues, and road damage. Visit 311lafayette.services to learn more. The site is also mobile compatible so you can easily navigate it using your mobile or smart device.
City of New Iberia Closes Offices Due to Inclement Weather
Due to the weather conditions forecasted for Monday, February 15, 2021, all non-essential City offices will be closed(City Hall, City Park, Public Works Department, WasteWater). We will re-open on Wednesday, February 17,2021 after the Mardi Gras Holiday.
The Teche Area Farmer's Market Postponed
The Teche Area Farmer's Market (Bouligny Plaza) usually held on Saturday mornings and Tuesday afternoon, will be postponed until next Saturday, February 20, 2021 starting at 7:00am.