"Of course we have emergency personnel that's mainly what they do. They monitor all our roadways and systems. They also monitor the weather forecast, in case of any type of cold front that's suspected to come in the area, " says Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, Public Information Officer Diedra Druilhet.
Druilhet explains DOTD is preparing for the worse such as frigid temperatures and frozen roadways. "The main focus is to have emergency personnel monitoring roadways and systems and mobilizing crews to respond to any roadway weather threats," adds Druilhet.
Druilhet says DOTD wants to ensure state roads will remain clear and open to the public. "We're checking our supplies our inventory to handle any type of adverse weather; if it's black ice or any type of freezing rain," explains Druilhet.
"The biggest thing really is to keep the wind off the pipes. The wind actually drops the temperature of the pipes a little," says Todd Billiot of Tri-City Plumbing in Lafayette.
Billiot explains exposed pipes should be insulated and hose bibs attached to a home should be covered. "Any person can go to any big box store and buy the appropriate size insulation and then cover-up any exposed pipes," adds Billiot.
"One of the main things we try to encourage the public if they are planning to drive is to slow down, be patient; and of course they can check our 511 system to look and see if we have any road closures that are out there," explains Druilhet. (http://511la.org/)
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