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Winter Weather: List of road and school closures with safe driving tips

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Authorities have reported multiple wrecks across Southwest Louisiana Friday morning and are suggesting residents stay off the road until further notice.

KPLC has received reports of snow, ice and sleet all across our viewing area. You can see photos on our Facebook page.

Check back here for updates on the driving conditions.

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You can view live traffic conditions via traffic cameras through the DOTD website. A list of links to local cameras is available HERE.

 

Road Closures

Calcasieu Parish: I-10 and I-210 Eastbound and Westbound will be closed intermittently while crews work to sand the roads. The Westfork Bridge on Hwy 378 is closed. US 171 at Calcasieu River Bridge is closed. La. 27 Bridge near Houston River Road is closed.

Cameron Parish: The Cameron Ferry is now back in service.

Beauregard Parish: All bridges closed.

Jeff Davis Parish: All bridges closed, including the LA 14 Mermentau River Bridge and the US 90 Mermentau River Bridge. Interstate 10 Westbound access ramps closed.

Vernon Parish:  All bridges have ice on them. Use caution.

Allen Parish: All bridges closed.

Acadia Parish: All bridges and roads closed, including the U.S. 90 Mermentau Bridge near Jennings and the Jenke Bridge and the John N. John overpass (US 90) in Crowley.

Lafayette Parish: US 90 Westbound at Ambassador Caffery closed. Vermillion River bridges at Surry Street and Camellia Blvd closed due to ice. Billeaud Overpass in Broussard closed. Lafayette Police urge residents to remain off of roadways.

All overpasses in the following parishes are closed due to icy conditions: Evangeline, St. Landry, Acadia, Lafayette, St. Martin, Vermillion and Iberia. I-49 north of US 190 is closed due to ice.

 

Government Closures

• All state offices in Acadia, Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jeff Davis, Vernon and Lafayette parishes are closed.

• The 14th Judicial District Court and the Calcasieu Clerk of Court offices are closed.

• The Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office is closed.

• The Third Circuit Court of Appeal is closed.

• Lake Charles City Court is closed. Tickets can still be paid online at www.lccitycourt.org.

• City Hall and all City of Lake Charles offices are closed.

• Sulphur City Hall is closed.

• The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury is closed.

• The Beauregard Parish Police Jury is closed.

• All Cameron Parish offices are closed.

• City of Crowley offices closed.

• Lafayette Consolidated Government offices are closed as of 2:30 p.m. on Friday.

• Lafayette Night Owl and Para-transit will not provide service on Friday for Lafayette Transit. Regularly scheduled transit services will resume on Saturday.

• All branches of the Calcasieu Parish Public Library are closed. Overdue items will be forgiven for today. Patrons can renew items at www.calcasieulibrary.org or by calling 437-4153 or 1-800-240-0212.

• All branches within the Lafayette Public Library System are closed. They will reopen for regular hours on Saturday, weather permitting.

• Oakdale City Hall and the public works department are closed.

 

Garbage and waste pickup

• Garbage pickup by Waste Management in Calcasieu, Cameron, Jeff Davis and Beauregard parishes has been suspended due to winter weather. Friday and Saturday routes will run Saturday.

• Garbage pickup scheduled for Friday by the City of Lake Charles has been rescheduled for Saturday.

• Allied Waste Services will run Friday routes in Sulphur on Saturday, weather permitting.

• Friday trash collection by Progressive Waste Solutions in Vernon and Beauregard parishes canceled. Operations will resume Saturday.

• Allied Waste trash collection will not run residential routes in Acadiana on Friday. Friday routes will run Saturday.

 

Power outages

• Jeff Davis Electric Co-op has reported extensive outages in the following areas: Cameron, Grand Lake, Grand Chenier, Creole and Johnson Bayou. Group crews are working in all areas at this time. Power will be restored as soon as possible.

 

School Closures

Calcasieu Parish: All public schools, Diocese of Lake Charles schools, the Southwest Louisiana Charter Academy, Lake Charles Charter Academy, Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School, Glad Tidings preschool, First Baptist Christian Academy and preschool in Moss Bluff and Hamilton Christian Academy are closed. McNeese State, Sowela (the Lake Charles and Jennings campuses) and Delta School of Business and Technology in Lake Charles are closed.

Cameron Parish: All public schools are closed.

Beauregard Parish: All public schools are closed.

Jeff Davis Parish: All public schools, Our Lady Immaculate Catholic School and Bethel Christian School are closed.

Vernon Parish: All public schools are closed.

Allen Parish: All public schools are closed.

Others: Louisiana-Lafayette will be closed Friday and will resume operations on Saturday. Residence halls and on-campus dining will be staffed. Lamar of Orange will open at 10 a.m. Friday.

 

Other Closures

• All First Federal Bank locations are closed.

• All Jeff Davis Bank locations will close at noon on Friday.

• Southwest Louisiana Credit Union locations are closed.

• All Calcasieu Council on Aging senior centers and nutrition sites are closed.

• The Imperial Calcasieu Human Services Authority is closed. All patient appointments are canceled.

• Hope Therapy Center in Lake Charles closed.

• The Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 1720 Sprig St., Lake Charles, is closed. The store will be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.

• The CARC office, 4100 Sen. J. Bennett Johnston Ave, Lake Charles, is closed.

• KinderCare Learning Center is closed.

• Tiny Steps Daycare is closed.

• Ships Ahoy Children's Academy closed.

• Save the Children Head Start closed.

• Reception & Poster Unveiling for the Southwest District Livestock Show & Rodeo originally scheduled for tonight has been postponed. It will be held 5p – 7p, Wednesday, January 29, at O.B.'s on Ryan.

• Neil Diamond Tribute show scheduled for Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the ACTS Theatre has been rescheduled for Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m.

• The Running from the Bears event at the St. Charles Retreat Center is cancelled for Saturday, January 25.

• The District V Honor Band event set for Saturday has been canceled.

• The SAT session scheduled for tomorrow at Sulphur High School has been canceled.

• The District 4 Junior Beta Convention to be held at SJ Welsh Middle School in Lake Charles has been canceled.

 

Safe Driving Tips

The following are winter driving recommendations from the American Red Cross, the National Weather Service and AAA:

• PLAY IF SAFE: Wear a seat belt and leave home/work earlier to give yourself more time.

• TAKE IT SLOW: Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Remember, it takes longer to slow down on icy roads so take time to slow down for a stoplight.

• STAY IN CONTROL: Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface.

• PLAY IF SAFE II: Always look and steer where you want to go. Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Accelerating, stopping, turning – nothing happens as quickly as on dry pavement. Give yourself time to maneuver by driving slowly.

• KEEP YOUR DISTANCE: The normal dry pavement following distance of 3 to 4 seconds should be increased to 8 to 10 seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop.

• APPLYING THE BRAKE: Whether you have anti-lock brakes or not, the best way to stop is threshold breaking. Keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal.

• EASY DOES IT: Don't power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads just starts your wheels spinning. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed down hill as slowly as possible. Don't stop going up a hill. There's nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road. Get some inertia going on a flat roadway before you take on the hill.

• STAY HOME: If you really don't have to go out, don't. Even if you can drive well in the snow/ice/slush, not everyone else can. If you don't have somewhere you have to be, watch the action from indoors.

• BE PREPARED: Keep your car in good working condition. Check and repair as necessary, the battery, antifreeze, wipers and windshield washer fluid, lights, heater, defroster and tires.

• BE PREPARED II: If you have a cell phone or two-way radio available for your use, keep the battery charged and keep it with you whenever traveling in winter weather.

• GO ON LOW: Use low beam headlights if it is raining/sleeting.

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