Livingston sheriff: 'I'm not going to tolerate crime' as area works to rebuild
LIVINGSTON - In a stern Facebook video Thursday, Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard reminded people a midnight to 6 a.m. curfew remains, and asked people to support the effort.
"There are people that do not have anything anymore. What little they do have, it might be there home. I want to protect that," he said, adding that there has been a large law enforcement presence on the streets since the flood event a few weeks ago. He continued, the increased patrols will continue to show citizens and potential looters the law is watching.
"We're doing this to protect our parish. I'm not going to tolerate crime in this parish," he said.
Livingston remains stressed nearly three weeks after record rainfall swelled rivers and flooded areas like never before. Early on, officials estimated as much as 75% of property in the parish sustained flooding. The sheriff's department feeling the pinch; many deputies lost their homes but remain on the clock, working to keep order.
Ard said he meets weekly with Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks. The pair will meet again early next week to discuss continuing the curfew after Labor Day.
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