UPDATED: Curfew in Effect for Opelousas until 6 a.m. Sunday, July 14th

UPDATED*

(July 13, 2019)- Opelousas Police Chief Martin McClendon, along with Mayor Julius Alsandor, have adjusted the curfew for the City of Opelousas.  The adjusted curfew will end at 6:00 A.M. on Sunday July 14, 2019 and will continue from dusk to dawn as needed.  Officials say “this adjustment should allow members of the faith community to schedule services as needed for areas that are not extremely affected by the weather conditions.”

(July 12, 2019) – Mayor Julius Alsandor and Opelousas Police Chief Martin McClendon have issued a curfew for the city limits as Tropical Storm Barry prepares to make landfall.  St. Landry Parish President Bill Fontenot, in a press release, said a parish-wide curfew will also be implemented.

“To the good people of Opelousas, we the city administration and Opelousas Police Department will also institute a city-wide curfew to mirror the parish-wide curfew that will take effect starting at 12 noon tomorrow until 6:00 pm Sunday afternoon,” said Mayor Julius Alsandor.

“We, the city are working closely with parish officials and officials with GOHSEP to provide each of you with the best updated information possible. Our top priority to keep you abreast of conditions with updates that will give all of us the best opportunity to decide what safety measures should be taken.”

Meanwhile, below is the official statement from Parish President Bill Fontenot regarding the parish wide curfew:

By Order of St. Landry Parish President, W. K. Bill Fontenot, in accordance with La. R.S. 29:730.3(F), a parish wide curfew is in effect beginning Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 12:00 P.M. through Sunday, July 14, 2019 at 6:00 P.M.

The curfew will be strictly enforced and is necessary due to the extreme conditions expected from Tropical Storm Barry. Only essential or critical workforce will be allowed to be on a public street or place during this time. This curfew is being put into effect to save lives and keep people out of danger.