Breaking News: Most of I-10 reopens in Louisiana post-Hurricane Laura

Tractor-trailer on I-10 in southwestern Louisiana day after Hurricane Laura's Gulf Coast landfall.

A portion of Interstate 10 in Louisiana that was closed Wednesday has been reopened.

As Hurricane Laura’s arrival at the Gulf Coast became imminent, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) decided to shut down I-10 eastbound at the Louisiana-Texas border, as well as westbound lanes from Atchafalaya to the Louisiana-Texas border. This affected a stretch of around 125 miles.

Laura made landfall near Cameron, Louisiana, in the wee hours of the morning Thursday. Winds of 150 mph caused widespread damage, blowing down trees, utility lines and power lines across the highway.

Now that the remnants of Laura are well inland, DOTD has been able to reopen a large section of I-10 where damage was minimal. The only area that remains closed, which is all lanes in both directions, spans 9 miles between Lake Charles and Sulphur (miles markers 34 to 25). This is according to the DOTD’s 511 website.

Sections of Interstate 210, U.S. Highway 90 and several state routes are also closed due to storm debris blocking the roads. More information is available here

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