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Photos: National Guard, DOTs scramble to clear roads after Hurricane Laura

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Engineer work teams with the 843rd Engineer Co. clear debris from roadways in Lake Charles during the aftermath of Hurricane Laura. The Louisiana National Guard has 17 teams across the state assisting local and state agencies. Photo credit: Louisiana National Guard

Transportation workers and National Guard members were out in force Thursday and Friday clearing debris from roads in Louisiana and Texas following Hurricane Laura’s path of destruction.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development closed Interstate 10 at the Texas border ahead of the storm’s arrival Wednesday. As of Thursday at 3 p.m., the highway on the Texas side had reopened, but it was still closed in Louisiana.

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Overnight, Laura’s winds caused a casino boat to hit the pilings of the I-10 bridge over Lake Charles, an area where the eye of the storm passed over. The boat has been removed, but the bridge is still closed. The LDOTD plans to inspect the bridge using drones.

In the same area a chlorine gas fire began around 9 a.m. Thursday at the BioLab Inc. plant south of I-10 in the Westlake, Moss Bluff, Sulphur area, according to Gov. John Bel Edwards. Residents have been told to shelter in place, close windows and doors and turn off air conditioning.

The state has reported six deaths, some caused by the storm. The storm made landfall near Cameron, Louisiana, as a Category 4 hurricane and decreased to a tropical storm by mid-day.

Louisiana DOTD reported that multiple roads in the state’s central region were closed due to debris, downed trees and power lines. Parishes with closed roads and state highways included Rapides, Natchitoches, Sabine, Grant, Vernon and Winn. Road cleanup was expected to continue through Friday and possibly longer, DOTD said.

Here are some more photos of damage from the storm:

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Louisiana DOTD worker clearing down trees from road. Photo credit: Louisiana DOTD

 

LaDOTD road clearing Hurricane Laura

Photo credit: Louisiana DOTD

 

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Engineer work teams with the 843rd Engineer Co. of the Louisiana National Guard clear debris from roadways in Lake Charles. Photo credit: Louisiana National Guard

 

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Cleanup in Lake Charles. Photo credit: Louisiana National Guard

 

TxDOT road clearing Hurricane Laura

TxDOT crews clear roads in the state following Hurricane Laura. Photo credit: TxDOT

 

TxDOT road clearing Hurricane Laura

TxDOT crews clear roads in the state following Hurricane Laura. Photo credit: TxDOT

 

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TxDOT-Beaumont crews clear SH87 in Newton County after Hurricane Laura. Photo credit: TxDOT-Beaumont

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