State of Emergency

As of August 12, Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency for the entire state of Louisiana as a result of severe weather. The declaration is in effect until Saturday, Sept.10, 2016. Information for the public regarding roads is available at Additionally, the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is constantly updating their social media accounts and has emergency resources available at and at

For emergencies: 9-1-1
Louisiana State Police: 225-925-6325 or *LSP from any cell phone
FEMA: 1-800-621-3362 or or Parish Emergency Line 337-291-5075
United Way of Acadiana: 337-233-8302; for immediate assistance, dial 2-1-1
American Red Cross: 1-866-GET- INFO (1-866-438-4636) or 504-620-3105
Consumer Protection Hotline: 1-800-351-4889
Cleco Corporation: 1-800-622-6537
Entergy: 1-800-ENTERGY; Power Outages: 1-800-9OUTAGE
Slemco: 1-888-2SLEMCO (1-888-275-3626)
LUS: Power Outages: 337-291-9200

For a list of available hotels and attractions that are closed click here.

Plan Your Escape

Lafayette is at the heart of Louisiana’s Cajun & Creole Country, an area known as the ‘Happiest City in America’ and it’s no mystery. Whether your passion is for our rich cultural history, the bustling culinary scene or distinctive blend of Cajun and Zydeco music, you can be sure you will leave beaming from ear to ear. Plan your escape to the Happiest City in America.

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