Edwards Declares State Of Emergency Due To Winter Weather

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Gov. John Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency for all of Louisiana as winter weather has closed interstates and left roads impassable.

“The weather conditions are extremely dangerous, and while it may be tempting to venture outside, it is critical that everyone stay off the frozen highways and streets and heed all state and local warnings in order to be safe,” said Gov. Edwards.

“Parts of all major interstates in Louisiana have closed because of the icy conditions and unfortunately, one life has already been claimed by this extreme weather. Our state Crisis Action Team and DOTD have been working around the clock responding to emergencies, salting roadways and providing resources to those who need assistance. Until the freezing temperatures lift, I urge everyone to take the necessary precautions, remember to check on people, pets and pipes, and stay warm and remain patient.”

“The disruption and danger of extreme weather conditions like we are experiencing cannot be underestimated” said Dr. Shawn Wilson, DOTD Secretary. “In addition to major closings of interstates across Louisiana, we have seen hundreds of vehicle accidents, including 18 wheeler accidents and even a death. Drivers should heed our call to stay put until the all clear is issued.”

More on the DOTD operation from the Governor's press office:

  • 1,204 employees have been deployed for 24 hour operations.
  • 134,600 hits to www.511La.org (which typically gets 2,500 hit per day).
  • 1.5 Million pounds of salt have been used on roadways statewide.
  • 25 Dump trucks.
  • 236 trucks with spreaders/sprayers.
  • 5 airports have been closed.

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