City updates citizens on preparations as Hurricane Laura makes landfall tonight

Natchitoches Mayor Ronnie Williams and City department heads updated citizens on preparations for Hurricane Laura as it makes landfall. From left are Fire Chief John Wynn, Public Works Director Michael Braxton, Williams, Utility Director Charles Brossette and Police Chief Micky Dove. Photo by Juanice Gray

Source: City of Natchitoches

As of Wednesday, Aug. 26, Hurricane Laura is predicted to intensify to a Category 4 hurricane.  The City of Natchitoches notifies citizens Hurricane Laura is expected to begin impacting the city on the morning of Thursday, Aug. 27 and have been advised to expect strong winds and potential flooding as this weather system moves through the area.

Residents are strongly encouraged to shelter in place and stay off the roads until the weather conditions improve due to increased winds and possibility of flying debris.  In the event of downed utility lines, do not touch or move any lines as no line is guaranteed safe and should be handled by the appropriate entity.  Residents can expect wind damage that may cause trees, limbs or other debris to fall. Move those to the edge of the street if possible.  Waste Connections will resume garbage and debris pick up Friday, Aug. 28 once weather conditions are safe for personnel.

Due to the pandemic, local shelters are not available at this time.  If you need to evacuate from your home consider staying with a friend or relative to weather the storm.  There are also hotels in the area with accommodations at this time.

The offices of the City of Natchitoches will close to the public at 3 p.m. today, Wednesday, Aug. 26 to allow employees to prepare for Hurricane Laura and shelter in place.  Offices will remain closed thru Thursday and will resume regular working hours Friday depending on weather and road conditions.  Parc Natchitoches will also close today at 3 p.m.

In the event of an emergency call 911.  The Utility Department will begin working to restore power as soon as possible. Remain patient during this time.  For further updates as they relate to Hurricane Laura, follow the City’s facebook page @CityOfNatchitoches or call (318)352-2772.