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Federal, voluntary aid services available

Tuesday morning Acadia Parish was declared as a major disaster area and the Jeff Davis Parish (JDP) Police Jury reported its parish received the same designation that afternoon, enabling residents affected by flooding to potentially qualify for federal aid. Residents should go to or call 1-800-621-3362 to begin the application process for assistance. 

Opportunities to donate, volunteer open

A number of relief efforts are underway  in Jeff Davis Parish to assist locals affected by floods and organizers are asking the public to give or volunteer however they can. • Bethel on La. 102 in Jennings is recruiting volunteers to assist in a number of areas such as general cleanup, cooking and serving meals, […]

LAMM director stays behind despite evacuation

LAKE ARTHUR – Founder and director of the Lake Arthur Meal Ministry (LAMM) Lisa Richard said Tuesday she would not evacuate from her home here. Richard and a small group of volunteers have become dedicated to giving back to their community through the ministry. Twice a week, home-cooked meals are provided to 30 elderly and […]

Welsh begins cleanup as water recedes

antly here, the mayor is working to get additional dumpsters brought in so residents can dispose of damaged material. Wednesday morning, Mayor Carolyn Louviere said most people were able to get back to their homes without boats but some roads still remained impassable to vehicles. “I really think tomorrow everyone will be able to travel […]

Volunteer opportunities, local aid available

People in need of immediate assistance or seeking to donate to relief efforts have opportunities right here in Jeff Davis Parish. Caring Hands Director Rosie Richards said the facility will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Thursday to help flood victims in a variety of ways. While the group has extended its […]

Red Cross shelter opened in Crowley

CROWLEY – The Rice Festival Building here is being utilized as an American Red Cross shelter. Our Savior’s Church Crowley Campus is assisting in efforts and Pastor Zachary Mccann told Jennings Daily News at press time today that the building is equipped with meals, cots, pillows, blankets, toiletries and supplies for parents with babies. It […]

Parishes await disaster declaration

As of press time today, Acadia and Jeff Davis parishes were awaiting word on whether President Barack Obama would declare the areas a major natural disaster site but Dist. 25 Sen. Dan “Blade” Morrish said he anticipates a favorable decision.

Residents urged to gather insurance info, contact agents

With flooding already ongoing in parts of Jeff Davis Parish and more expected in the coming days in Lake Arthur, Daly Williams Insurance Agent Charlie Williams sat down with Jennings Daily News to discuss the steps residents need to take in order to file claims, get information on their policies and what property qualifies for […]

FPD’s Brown passes away

FENTON – Officer Shannon Brown, who suffered injuries on-duty during a traffic stop here Aug. 7, passed away at a Lake Charles hospital Saturday morning. Fenton Police Department (FPD) Sgt. Vernon O’Quinn told Jennings Daily News Saturday evening, “We are suffering the loss of our friend and officer. It is a huge loss for the […]

JDSO reports arrests in two cases

Two men were arrested this week when deputies with the Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office (JDSO) responded to a call regarding a restraining order violation. According to JDSO Chief Deputy Chris Ivey, deputies responded to the call Wednesday at a residence on Jeff Davis Academy Road.

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