The long Baton Rouge slog of clearing power lines and downed trees begins

The Baton Rouge Department of Public Works and the Louisiana DOTD have begun clearing power lines and roadways in the Baton Rouge area, but major road closures remain. 

Baton Rouge roads are closed at more than 100 locations, according to the city-parish website, and a new curfew from sunset to sunrise has been enacted until Tuesday. 

Both DOTD officials and Mayor Sharon Weston Broome are urging residents to stay home and off of the roads. 

DOTD is currently clearing roadways in impacted areas, according to its website, and work crews this morning were trying to remove major obstructions in Ascension, Livingston and the river parishes.

DPW crews have begun clearing trees with power lines io them at Red Oak and Green Oak Drive, says Mark Armstrong, chief communications officer for the Mayor’s Office, and the process could take around two hours. 

More than 50 trees are blocking roads in the area and 12 major power lines are down. 

View the city parish’s list of road closures here