cloudy.png
Saturday February 27th, 2021 2:08PM

Louisiana confirms 2 more deaths tied to winter weather

By The Associated Press

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Louisiana authorities on Saturday confirmed two more fatalities tied to severe winter conditions, bringing the total deaths in the state to five.

The Louisiana Department of Health said a 68-year-old man and a 44-year-old woman died of carbon monoxide poisoning after a generator was placed in a camper where they sought shelter in Avoyelles Parish. The parish coroner confirmed the deaths as being storm-related, authorities said.

State officials continue to warn residents not to use portable generators indoors. This includes garages, carports, basements or crawl spaces lacking ventilation, the department said.

“Gas powered generators produce carbon monoxide which is odorless and colorless. Inhaling carbon monoxide can very quickly lead to full incapacitation or death,” officials said.

Safely heating homes is just one issue Louisiana residents and others face after the severe weather. Both north and south Louisiana are dealing with water system challenges, too.

But Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter is hopeful water pressure should be restored by Sunday to most of his city. which was hit by two hurricanes last year.

“If people will turn off those dripping faucets, if we can identify those leaks ... we believe in the next 72 hours we should have sufficient water pressure for the majority of the city,” Hunter said.

Meanwhile, more than 750 leaks since Thursday have been found and capped, Utilities Director for Lake Charles Keith Heise said. He urged residents, landlords and others to check on leaks and report them.

“Please, we’ve got to get those thousands of leaks under control,” Heise said.

Hunter said the Louisiana National Guard would be distributing bottled water at the Lake Charles Civic Center in the north parking lot until supplies run out.

President Joe Biden declared a federal disaster because of the winter ice storm, marking the fourth in Lake Charles in the past year.

“There will be some reimbursement from the costs that we are incurring right now, and that’s the most immediate thing that it means ... Just the fact that declaration was signed by the president is huge, and it signifies how serious and how intense this event has been for the city of Lake Charles,” Hunter told The American Press.

Gov. John Bel Edwards, at a news conference in Shreveport, encouraged residents to stay off the roads even as the icy conditions thaw.

“The roads will get in better shape, but there will be a freeze (Saturday night), so there will be a refreeze which could create black ice,” he said.

After meeting with Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins, legislators, hospital officials, emergency preparedness officials and law enforcement in Caddo and Bossier parishes, Edwards said the No. 1 concern was water.

“The biggest need is water and accessing it immediately,” Edwards said. “Making repairs to the water systems are also a priority to help lift those boil water advisories.”

In addition, all three Ochsner LSU Health hospitals are continuing to bring in reserve water sources due to citywide pressure issues in both Shreveport and Monroe, the hospital system said Saturday.

“Due to consistent water deliveries, the boilers are functional at all three hospitals and providing consistent heat to the facilities, patients and staff," it said in a statement.

Ochsner LSU Health also opened its Urgent Care clinic in Bossier City, with plans to begin regular hours next week. Second-dose COVID-19 vaccinations also resumed Saturday at Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport – St. Mary Medical Center. All other clinics remain closed and were being assessed for functioning water sources needed to return to normal operations.

In neighboring Mississippi, the city of Jackson urged residents to conserve any water they have.

“Conserving water will allow your fellow Jacksonians to get back online faster,” a city statement said. “Residents closer to the plants will see water pressure restored soonest.” The city gave no timeline for full restoration of water.

In Canton, Mayor William Truly told WLBT-TV that the city, roughly 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of Jackson, has been searching for water to distribute to residents, but all nearby stores had none. Many residents have been without water since Thursday.

Timothy Wright believes the city should have been better prepared.

“I understand that the weather was bad, and the city has problems with its pumps, but we got a lot of elderly people around here,” Wright told the station. “We got a lot of people with children. I’m sure that we got people with unknown problems that need this water. We are also going through a pandemic.”

Truly said he contacted the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, and authorities hope pallets of water will be available by Sunday.

ok Utility crews, meanwhile, were making progress in restoring power Saturday.

As of 11 a.m., there were some 34,000 Entergy customers without power, according to Entergy’s power outage map. Entergy services customers in 45 of Mississippi’s 82 counties.

Statewide, all utilities showed nearly 68,000 energy customers without power statewide, data from PowerOutage.US showed.

Most Entergy electricity customers in Mississippi should have services restored by the beginning of next week, Entergy Mississippi President and CEO Haley Fisackerly said Friday.

Passenger flights at Memphis International Airport resumed Saturday afternoon after cancellations from terminal closures caused by system-wide water pressure issues. Cargo operations were not affected.

Separately, the Tennessee Department of Health on Saturday confirmed two weather-related fatalities in Sumner County, bringing that state’s current weather deaths to 10.

Overall, roughly 260,000 homes and businesses in Tennessee's Shelby County, which includes Memphis, were told to boil water because of water main ruptures and pumping station problems.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Business, AP Online - Georgia News, AP Business - Industries, AP Business - Utilities
© Copyright 2021 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
The Latest: UNC men's hoops adds home game against Marquette
North Carolina has found another nonconference schedule addition
5:24PM ( 26 minutes ago )
Debris falls from plane during emergency landing near Denver
Debris from a United Airlines plane fell onto Denver suburbs during an emergency landing Saturday, with one very large piece that appears to be part of the engine narrowly missing a home
5:18PM ( 32 minutes ago )
Biden pays a visit to ailing former GOP Sen. Bob Dole
President Joe Biden paid a visit Saturday to former Sen. Bob Dole, days after the World War II veteran and 1996 Republican presidential nominee announced he’d been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer
5:10PM ( 39 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Space station launch honors 'Hidden Figures' mathematician
A space station supply ship has blasted into orbit from Virginia on the 59th anniversary of John Glenn's historic flight
4:33PM ( 1 hour ago )
As 'Kimye' become Kim and Kanye, will it stay peaceful?
Initial signs suggest a smooth split between Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West
4:19PM ( 1 hour ago )
Senator seeks probe of natural gas price spikes during storm
A Democratic senator is calling for federal investigations into possible price gouging of natural gas in the Midwest and other regions following severe winter storms that plunged Texas and other states into a deep freeze that caused power outages in millions of homes and businesses
4:18PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Business
Devoe, Georgia Tech, dominate 1st half, swamp Miami 89-60
Michael Devoe scored 29 points, Moses Wright had a double-double and Georgia Tech used a dominant first half to defeat short-handed Miami 89-60
2:24PM ( 3 hours ago )
Kemba Walker scores 28 in return, Celtics down Hawks 121-109
Kemba Walker scored a season-high 28 points and the Boston Celtics held off the Atlanta Hawks 121-109
9:59PM ( 19 hours ago )
Airlines plan to ask passengers for contact-tracing details
Major U.S. airlines say they will ask passengers on flights to the United States for information that public health officials could use for COVID-19 contact tracing
7:48PM ( 22 hours ago )
AP Online - Georgia News
The Latest: Nevada brothel owners seek state's OK to reopen
Before the coronavirus pandemic, tourist-dependent Nevada had a notorious attraction as the only place in America where people could legally pay for sex
12:44PM ( 5 hours ago )
The Latest: UK announces small step out of lockdown
The British government has announced a small step out of lockdown -- allowing nursing home residents to have a single friend or family member visit them indoors
9:24AM ( 8 hours ago )
The Latest: UK urges Sec Council to push for pause in wars
Britain has circulated a draft resolution to the U.N. Security Council demanding that all warring parties immediately institute a “sustained humanitarian pause” to enable people in conflict areas to be vaccinated against COVID-19
3:30AM ( 14 hours ago )
AP Business - Industries
Back in Paris pact, US faces tougher climate steps ahead
The United States has returned to the Paris climate accord
4:17PM ( 1 day ago )
Cities slammed by winter storms face new crisis: No water
Cities slammed by winter storms that left millions without power for days have traded one crisis for another
1:39PM ( 1 day ago )
Lights come back on in Texas as water woes rise in the South
Many Texans finally have electricity back after a deadly blast of winter this week overwhelmed the electrical grid and left millions shivering in the cold for days
10:29AM ( 1 day ago )
AP Business - Utilities
The Latest: UNC men's hoops adds home game against Marquette
North Carolina has found another nonconference schedule addition
5:24PM ( 26 minutes ago )
Debris falls from plane during emergency landing near Denver
Debris from a United Airlines plane fell onto Denver suburbs during an emergency landing Saturday, with one very large piece that appears to be part of the engine narrowly missing a home
5:18PM ( 32 minutes ago )
Biden pays a visit to ailing former GOP Sen. Bob Dole
President Joe Biden paid a visit Saturday to former Sen. Bob Dole, days after the World War II veteran and 1996 Republican presidential nominee announced he’d been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer
5:10PM ( 40 minutes ago )
Allmendinger back at Daytona in 1st Cup race since 2018
AJ Allmendinger will run his first Cup race since the 2018 season finale on the road course at Daytona
4:41PM ( 1 hour ago )
Shackelford's 27 helps No. 8 Alabama hold off Vandy, 82-78
Jaden Shackelford scored a season-high 27 points and No. 8 Alabama came from behind to beat Vanderbilt 82-78 and move a step closer to a Southeastern Conference championship
4:41PM ( 1 hour ago )