FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Opelousas, La) – Mayor Julius Alsandor urges drivers to use caution while out on streets and roads during the expected severe weather associated with Tropical Storm Barry.
City public works representatives say the following streets and intersections are prone to flooding during heavy rain events and drivers are urged to avoid them during, and immediately after, heavy rains.
Some of the streets that are vulnerable to fast rising waters include:
Streets with Bridges
Creswell at Union
Heather Dr. at Sandalwood
Linwood (west) at Service Road
Railroad Avenue at Vine
Vine St. at Market
South Street at Union
North Market Street at Coleman Street
Lincoln Street at Westwego Street
Drivers should be alert for flooding on other roads in and around the city as well. Because water may be deeper than it appears and can hide many hazards, should drivers encounter a flooded street or intersection, they should turn around and not attempt to drive through it.
In addition to this, with strong winds in the forecast, residents are also asked to ensure that all lightweight objects on property (grills, patio furniture, trash cans, toys, etc.) are secured and/or brought indoors.
As safety for residents is a top priority for City Officials, Mayor Alsandor and his administrative team will continue to coordinate efforts with City first responders, which includes the Opelousas Police Department and Opelousas Fire Department.
For emergencies related to streets and roadways, residents can call 337-948-2555, Opelousas Police Department at 337-948-2500 and the Opelousas Fire Department at 337-942-2601.