Acadiana parishes issue shelter-in-place orders, curfews after icy weather
A winter storm has blanketed most of Acadiana with ice, creating dangerous road conditions and prompting local officials to issue shelter-in-place orders and curfews.
The storm has already caused power outages and forced road closures, including a portion of Interstate 10 between Lafayette and Baton Rouge.
In Lafayette, Mayor-President Josh Guillory issued a parish-wide stay-at-home order that started at midnight Monday. The order was set to lift Tuesday at 8 a.m.
The order prohibits residents from "occupying, using, standing, sitting, traveling, or being present in any public place, including for the purposes of travel," except for law enforcement, news media and people seeking urgent care.
Public works employees were working to barricade streets made impassable because of the ice. Once the curfew is lifted, Lafayette Consolidated Government urged residents to avoid getting out on the roads until freezing conditions passed.
Acadia Parish, Churh Point curfews in effect
Acadia Parish is under a shelter-in-place order from 8 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday. Church Point, which is in Acadia Parish, has a curfew from 6 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday. It will likely be in effect Tuesday night, Chief Dale Thibodeaux said in a Facebook post
Essential workers are excluded from the order but must present identification if stopped by law enforcement.
"This mandate is being put in place as roads are expected to worsen as the evening hours begin," the Acadia Parish Law Enforcement Agencies said in a release.
Vermilion Parish Sheriff issues curfew
Vermilion Parish Sheriff Mike Couvillon issued a parish-wide curfew "prohibiting and/or controlling vehicular traffic" except for emergency vehicles and personnel. The curfew is in effect from 6 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday, and again from 6 p.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday.
Law enforcement agencies across the state are asking residents in areas that were hit with icy conditions to stay off the roads if possible to avoid accidents.