Iberia Parish Government issued a mandatory curfew for residents from 10 p.m. tonight to 6 a.m. Wednesday morning.
The Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office issued a prepared statement at 6 p.m. notifying media of Parish President Romo Romero’s choice to issue the order.
“I think it’s just a prudent decision,” said Holly Leleux-Thubron, parish Public Works maintenance superintendent.
Leleux-Thubron said neighboring communities -- Erath, Abbeville and Gueydan – also had issued the curfew. She said the curfew was for everyone’s safety and ensures the public will be off the streets.
“The weather’s going to get worse as the night comes,” Leleux-Thubron said.
The Sheriff’s Office will enforce the curfew, Leleux-Thubron said. Romero consulted with Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal via telephone prior to proceeding with the curfew, she said.
Leleux-Thubron said she got word at about 6 p.m. of the curfew. Because of the evening announcement she said some residents might not be aware of the curfew.
“I’m sure they’ll be patient with people that don’t know (about it),” Leleux-Thubron said of the deputies who will enforce the order.
It’s undetermined whether there will be a curfew Wednesday night and Thursday morning, Leleux-Thubron said. Romero will make the decision on Wednesday depending on how the weather progresses, she said.
Sheriff's Office spokesman Capt. Ryan Turner said that deputies will be issuing warnings and making arrests, if necessary, to keep people off the streets.
"In the past we've had issues with looting," Turner said. "It's also to maintain the safety of the public. We wouldn't want anyone out walking or driving in those conditions."
St. Martin Parish will not have a curfew tonight, said Parish President Guy Cormier. But he hasn’t ruled it out for Wednesday night.
“Tomorrow we’ll definitely take a look at it,” Cormier said.
Cormier said the choice hinges on power outages and whether he would want people out on the roads with downed power lines. He said that likely won’t to be a factor tonight, but it may be a problem Wednesday, so he will assess the situation and make a decision.
Daily Iberian reporter Hope Rurik contributed to this report.