Cantrell Issues Emergency Declaration In Preparation For Freezing Weather

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Mayor LaToya Cantrell has issued an emergency declaration for the city due to the incoming wintry weather.

The National Weather Service forecast a mix of rain, freezing rain, sleet or snow could reach the city beginning late this morning.

According to meteorologists, the temperatures could go as low as 25 degrees by tonight.

City officials said they are coordinating emergency efforts with its Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, the police, fire and health departments and Orleans Parish Communications District.

As temperatures approach 32 degrees, the SWBNO encourages residents to run only the faucet furthest from the meter at a spaghetti-thin trickle of water to protect their pipes.

Officials say anything more will further drop water pressure in the water system.

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