Driving around Coushatta Friday morning The Journal saw many businesses are still closed. That includes the Post Office. The town is still without water. For the businesses that are open, that translates into no coffee or fountain drinks and probably no working rest rooms. Only two convenience stores have gas. The Conoco has limited pumps open. The Gold Mine has gas but lines are long and the parking lot is icy.
Rivertown Market is planning to open Friday afternoon. Owner David Coffey said employees are cleaning up a mess after parts of the suspended ceiling collapsed. Coffey said water came under the store’s metal roof after the weather warmed yesterday. Coffey said the roof did not collapse.
Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne announced that state offices will be closed in Red River and 28 other parishes Friday, February 19, due to hazardous conditions caused by severe winter weather. In addition to Red River, parishes included are Avoyelles, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Caldwell, Catahoula, Claiborne, Concordia, DeSoto, East Carroll, Franklin, Grant, Jackson, LaSalle, Lincoln, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Rapides, Richland, Sabine, Tensas, Union, Vernon, Webster, West Carroll, and Winn.
The Red River Council on Aging is closed today. Liz Cannon said they will be back open on Monday
All schools in the parish are closed through Friday.
Librarian Trey Lewis said the Red River Parish Library will be closed through Friday due to the winter storm. They plan to reopen on Monday if the weather improves as predicted.
The Journal will continually update this list of closing or changes for events, churches, businesses and other events. Please email your information to RedRiverParishJournal@gmail.com or text it to 318-564-3609.