Jindal declares state of emergency for winter storm
BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency Monday afternoon ahead of a winter storm forecast to hit the state starting Tuesday morning.
The declaration frees up necessary resources and funding for parishes and state agencies to prepare for the impending freeze. Jindal also urged drivers to stay off the roads for their own safety, and to help keep roads clear for emergency responders to get to people in need.
The governor said the biggest impacts to roadways would be elevated roads and bridges, such as the bridges and interstate system through East Baton Rouge Parish. Jindal said DOTD would likely close the new Mississippi River bridge on I-10 and focus efforts on keeping the US 190 and Sunshine bridges open.
Jindal said the Plaquemine Ferry would run 24 hours a day through the storm, and after a question from WBRZ agreed to waive crossing fees at that ferry.
News 2 will have more on the state's preparations tonight at 6 and 10.