Northshore preps for second winter storm with old and revamped preps

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Posted on January 27, 2014 at 7:27 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 27 at 7:40 PM

Ashley Rodrigue / Eyewitness News
Email: arodrigue@wwltv.com | Twitter: @ashleyrwwl

AMITE, La. -- Road crews in Tangipahoa Parish filled up on sand and fuel Monday, in anticipation for early work Tuesday morning, to ready the roads and bridges for a big winter blast.

But the parish is encouraging residents not to test those preparations after more than 100 calls to 911 Friday.

"Please, unless it’s absolutely necessary, do not drive because in the morning it’s going to be dangerous driving," said Tangipahoa Parish President Gordon Burgess.

In St. Tammany, dozens of bridges have already been sanded and some are already being closed, like one on Holly.

Residents in the area say they feel ready too.

"I try not to get too paranoid about the whole thing. A little firewood maybe, safe in case the electricity goes out," said Mike Loria.

While some entities are sticking with tried and true efforts for this round of wintry weather, others are taking on new approaches after learning some hard lessons last week.

"Basically what we have is liquid ice go in the 55 gallon drums, it will actually pump out of the drums with a little agricultural pump and it’s hosed to here and we'll dispense it on the road," said Causeway Northshore Assistant Supervisor Robert Graham, “It melts it away, and it keeps it, if it can stay on the surface, it will keep the roadway from refreezing for about three hours."

It's a step up from what Causeway crews did Friday.

“We actually dispensed it with kind of, like, a pressure washing wand. What we've done here today is come up with a new design that may dispense it more evenly on the roadway," Graham said.

The plans are keeping leaders confident they can get the public through the predictions with few problems.

St. Tammany is again opening a warming shelter for anyone in need at John Slidell Park on Robert Boulevard. It opens at 7 a.m. and it will stay open through Thursday at 8 a.m.

 

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