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Since before the flooding started in the Vinton/Starks area, The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office set up a command center in Vinton to deal with issues related to the flood. As always, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is committed to the safety and welfare of families in our parish but especially during challenging times such as now. And if you will allow me a minute to brag on our deputies, they worked long hours and did an outstanding job and never complained once. But this is what we signed up for – this is our job – this is what we do.
But for the hundreds of volunteers that took the responsibility upon themselves to offer assistance and support to CPSO – it was NOT their job, but a selfless choice they made out of the goodness of their hearts.
We had extraordinary assistance from:
- First responders throughout the parish, especially LA National Guard, volunteer fire departments, Sulphur Fire Department, OEP, LCPD, Sulphur Police Dept., LA State Police
- Churches in Vinton, Starks and DeQuincy that fed us hot meals daily
- Calcasieu Parish Public Works who were there for anything we needed
- Hebert’s Grocery in Vinton where we took over their parking lot to set up our command center
- The mayors and chiefs of Vinton and DQ for opening their town and facilities to us and the flood victims
- All the media which helped get critical safety information out to the public.
Words cannot express how grateful and appreciative we are to them. And I hope and pray I did not leave anyone out.
Also we would like to thank the Vinton/Starks community for putting their trust in us by heeding the call to evacuate, knowing we would take care of their property.
I am proud to live in a community that comes together to support each other in times of hardship and devastation. And just know, that no matter if you live in a small town or a large city in our parish, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is always going to be there for you in large numbers. Thank you.
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