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Football game moves to Saturday
Ouachita Christian School and St. Frederick High School have moved their football game to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, due to inclement weather. The game will still be played at St. Frederick's Chip Luffey Field.
Residents can visit the following website for information about ROAD CLOSURES: www.opso.net
POSSIBLE POWER OUTAGES
Entergy crews are on standby in the event of loss of power. If there is a loss of power, residents are encouraged to stay inside and call 1-800-9-OUTAGE (1-800-968-8243).
Entergy Regional Customer Service Manager Kenny Solley adds, "If a tree or the wind knocks down a power line, please do not touch anything. Just call Entergy and we will get a truck out there as soon as we can."
SPECIAL ASSISTANCE NEEDED CALL 2-1-1
HOMEBOUND RESIDENTS (elderly, physical limitations) who are threatened by flooding conditions should call 2-1-1 for rescue assistance.
MONROE RESIDENTS who are trapped in their homes due to flooding, and want to relocate to safer ground should call 2-1-1 and inform the dispatcher of your information. The Monroe Police will utilize their high water vehicles to transport these residents to a predetermined location where they will be placed on a Monroe Transit bus and taken to the nearest open American Red Cross Shelter. The resident will have the choice of staying at that shelter or having a friend or family member pick them up and take them to a safe private residence.
The City of Monroe Public Works Department announces that sandbags are now available at the following sites:
Monroe Public Works 1200 Grammont Street
Benoit Community Center 1700 Oaklawn Street (at softball fields near Wossman HS @ Parkview Drive)
Emily P. Robinson Community Center 3504 Jackson Street
Saul Adler Community Center 3900 Westminister Ave.
Marbles Community Center 2951 Renwick
Public Works crews members will be on site to assist the public with the sandbags. There will be a 25 bag limit per vehicle.
Residents should expect to help fill their own sandbags. Special assistance will be given to the elderly and disabled.
Ouachita Parish Public Works sets up multiple sites for Sandbags
The Ouachita Parish Police Jury announces that sandbags will be available at the following sites:
(Behind) Louisiana Machinery Ticheli Road (off U.S. 165 South in Monroe)
Old Landfill Enterprise Drive (off New Natchitoches in West Monroe)
Sandbags will be prefilled at the Monroe location. OCC inmates (with OPSO security) will be on site to assist the public with the sandbags in West Monroe.
VOLUNTEERS wanting to assist with the distribution of sandbags should call the Ouachita office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness office at 322-2641.
EFFECTS OF FLOODS ON WHITE-TAILED DEER
With central and north Louisiana rivers and backwater systems flooding from the high rainfall amounts both instate and further north, white-tailed deer are being forced onto higher ground and concentrated in smaller areas.
Flooding is a natural occurrence and one to which deer are adapted. Deer readily move to other locations, and will follow the water back into their normal home ranges when the water recedes.
While closing or postponing the hunting season may seem appropriate, there are many reasons why Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) biologists are not recommending either action at this time.
The high water will reduce the browse availability in the flooded areas and this vegetation will not have time to recover before winter. The reduced food availability will force some deer to rely on their body reserves. Therefore it is important, with seasonal and temporarily reduced carrying capacities, to reduce the deer herd to the levels that can be sustained by the current habitat conditions. Protecting deer during a time of reduced food availability will only cause further stress, and render deer more vulnerable to disease, parasites, low productivity or even mild to moderate starvation.
The majority of Louisiana deer habitat is privately owned and most landowners and hunters are not inclined to over harvest deer to the extent that any permanent herd reduction would be incurred. LDWF Enforcement agents will be patrolling the affected areas to enforce harvest regulations for deer.
LDWF is also warning people to not feed displaced deer. Only in extreme circumstances should this be considered and it is not recommended at this time.
LDWF biologists will monitor herd conditions in flooded areas and will respond should conditions warrant further actions. Louisiana deer have survived major floods numerous times in the past and the best thing to do is to not over react.
LDWF also strongly advises against riding levees or high ground to view deer, possibly driving them back into the water causing further stress.
For further information contact your nearest LDWF office or the Deer Program in Baton Rouge at 225-765-2351 or 225-765-2344.