Icy roadways remain a big problem for Northshore drivers



Posted on January 29, 2014 at 5:36 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 29 at 6:14 PM

Ashley Rodrigue / Eyewitness News
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MANDEVILLE, La. -- The ice was thick and slick and everywhere Tuesday morning.

If roads and bridges weren't closed because of the element hindering safety, they were closed because the ice got the best of dozens of drivers across the Northshore.

Some were fortunate to be pulled from medians. Others, not so much.

First responders say the driver of one car skidded off Causeway Boulevard, down the street from our bureau in Mandeville and landed on its hood in melting water.

A tow truck driver helped a firefighter free the driver, who we’re told, surprisingly, wasn't injured.

"I asked if they needed my help. They couldn't see her in the car, so I hooked my chain to it and lifted it up a little bit so they could see through the car to make sure she was alive,” said Jacob Segrave of Keith’s Towing.

Some who ventured out say they did so because the trip was short and close to home.

"Get some groceries. I have two teenage boys that eat a lot, especially when they don't have school all day,” said Mike Lecompte.

"One, we wanted to just get out of the house, been cooped up, just trying to find things that are open and entertain ourselves,” said Joe Romanick.

While the ice did start slushing up when the sun came out, all major arteries into the city from the Northshore stayed shut down, including the Causeway due to this impenetrable frost and I-12 from Covington all the way to Baton Rouge.

The extensive job hasn't been easy for state agencies.

"We have troopers that are on double shifts, working really double manpower throughout the state here, really just trying to monitor roadways, make sure that the conditions are safe to do so and manning those road closures too," said Louisiana State Police Sgt. Nick Manale.

Most of what melted Wednesday didn't have a chance to dry up, so those are now puddles heading back into below-freezing temperatures where they will turn to ice again, leading to likely more closures in the next few hours.