For those readers who are praying for our family in DeRidder, I have a little bit of information. I talked to the Police and the Sheriff’s office in DeRidder, and as of 11:00am this morning they said that they have not let any of their personnel out into the city yet. The wind is still blowing too hard for anyone to navigate the roads safely. In addition, there are downed power lines, uprooted trees, scattered debris, and gas leaks across town, so city officials are keeping the roads closed for now.
I stayed up most of the night and kept in touch with my parents into the early morning hours. The last contact I had with them was at about 5:56am this morning. Since then, I have not been able to get a call through. However, I have gotten calls through to other friends of the family who live in town. So it’s likely that there is a phone line down in the vicinity of my parents’ neighborhood.
If there are any readers in DeRidder or its environs who have any updates on the status of DeRidder or if any want to start a forum of communication, feel free to update and/or start a forum here in my “Comments” section.