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Doyline to hold town hall ahead of weekend evacuation


Doyline residents will have a chance to ask questions Thursday night, ahead of the weekend evacuation recommended by public safety officials while more than a million pounds of explosive powder is secured at Camp Minden.

The Webster Parish Police Jury has announced a town hall meeting will be held at Doyline High School, starting at 7 p.m.

The town hall was planned in response to concerns expressed by residents, who have been asked by the Webster Parish Sheriff's Office to head out of town by Friday evening and plan to stay away through the weekend.

Webster Parish Sheriff Gary Sexton says the evacuations will affect all residents inside Doyline city limits and are "not mandatory, but highly recommended."

Authorities say the powder, an explosive propellant used in military ammunitions, is not an imminent threat, but should have been housed in a bunker approved by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It also should have been registered with the Louisiana State Police explosives division.
State police investigators found the explosives during an inspection of property leased by Explo Systems, where an above-ground magazine storage facility exploded last month.

Hazmat teams will spend the weekend helping with the transport of more than a million pounds of the smokeless black powder to a customer in Arkansas, and then moving some of the unprocessed product found on the site into secure storage.

For information about the voluntary evacuation and the shelter that will be set up for those who cannot leave, residents can contact the Webster Parish Sheriff's Office at (318) 377-1515.

Road closures:

According to the LA DOTD:

LA 164 will be closed from its junction with LA 614 on the west end to Amos Cutoff Road on the east end.  Amos Cutoff Road is located one mile east of the LA 163/LA 164 intersection in Doyline.

LA 163 will be closed from Boothville Road on the south end to its junction with LA 164 in Doyline.

Detour via LA 3227 to LA 157 to Interstate 20 to US 371.

Once they leave, residents will not be allowed back in until the project is completed.

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