The City of Lake Charles is currently monitoring the forecasted risk of severe weather moving through the area in the early morning hours of Saturday, January 11, 2020. At this time, no interruptions in City services are planned.

Public works employees have been preparing for the predicted weather by clearing storm drains and catch basins of debris that can clog drainage infrastructure.

All residents are encouraged to follow these important steps ahead of any potential severe weather forecasted to impact Southwest Louisiana:

Listen to local emergency officials, and follow their instructions. Emergency preparedness officials are encouraging residents to have multiple ways to receive emergency weather alerts, including a working NOAA Weather Radio and the ability to receive Wireless Emergency Alerts via cell phone. Stay tuned to local TV and radio outlets for updates. The City’s website will have up-to-date information on any impacts to City services. 

Help keep storm drains cleared from clogging by picking up toys, limbs and other loose items in your yard that may be swept into streets and can easily clog catch basins.

Additionally, be sure to bring in and/or secure trash and garbage cans.

Do not drive on flooded streets. Driving through moving water not only puts your safety into jeopardy because your vehicle can be swept off the road, but the wake created by your vehicle can also cause damage to homes along the street. If you come upon a flooded street, take an alternate route if at all possible.