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La. reports 3 winter weather deaths; 2 dead from slipping on ice

1 week 2 days 23 hours ago Wednesday, February 17 2021 Feb 17, 2021 February 17, 2021 11:42 AM February 17, 2021 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - Officials are asking residents to stay cautious after multiple people have reportedly died from slipping and falling on ice in recent days.

A state government spokesperson confirmed Wednesday that two such deaths were reported since the onset of the winter weather Monday morning. The latest death involved a 77-year-old man in Calcasieu Parish who slipped and fell into a pool before drowning, state health officials said.

Louisiana reported its first winter weather-related death Monday after a 50-year-old man in Lafayette slipped and hit his head. A second person, an elderly woman in Lafayette, died after she wandered out into the cold Monday night.

Many roads and walkways were left frozen and unsafe after the storm dropped a mix of ice and freezing rain across the south Louisiana region. 

You can keep up with the latest on area road closures here.

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