Lincoln Parish Schools Closed Thursday

From a Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce email:

Lincoln Parish public schools, Cedar Creek School and Bethel Christian School will be closed Thursday in anticipation of heavy rains and high winds from Hurricane Isaac. School officials made their decisions just moments ago based on the new path of Isaac through North Louisiana. Officials said they’ll monitor the storm and make a decision about Friday classes tomorrow.

Though Isaac is expected to be downgraded to a tropical storm be the time it reaches Lincoln Parish late this evening or early Thursday, it could still be packing a punch, Kip Franklin, Lincoln Parish Homeland Security director, said this morning. Latest estimates are Isaac could dump as much as 6 inches of rain and pack sustained winds of up to 40 miles per hour. Franklin said residents could expect downed trees, possible power outages, road closures, and some local flooding if the storm continues as anticipated.

“We will be on the east side of the storm,” Franklin said. The east side of a hurricane generally gets the brunt of the storm’s fury.

Parish School Superintendent Danny Bell said the decision to close parish schools was made with the safety of 6,500-plus students and school employees in mind.

“It is always better to err on the side of safety for our children and our employees, even if this rain and wind event doesn’t measure up to what they predict,” Bell said this afternoon. “As to school on Friday, no decision will be made until tomorrow afternoon. However, if conditions improve or are predicted to improve, we will have school on Friday.”

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