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10:00 PM, JANUARY 15, 2018
Winter Weather to Impact Alexandria During the Day Tuesday
City and AUS Crews on Standby; Initial Preparations Complete.
Alexandria, Louisiana—The National Weather Service has placed our area under a Hard Freeze Warning and a Winter Weather Advisory. Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing from early Tuesday morning until mid-day Wednesday. An accumulation of ice, sleet, and/or snow will begin overnight and is expected to last into the early evening Tuesday.
Roads conditions will deteriorate during the day Tuesday making travel treacherous; residents are encouraged to avoid travel if possible. If travel is essential, be watchful for icy roads especially on bridges and elevated surfaces. City crews will be sanding major thoroughfares overnight; crews will remain on standby to sand icy areas during the day Tuesday, if needed. LA DOTD will make the final decision about the status of I49 and the Red River bridges; stay tuned to local media for that information.
The AUS does not expect widespread power outages; however, localized power outages affecting a few streets or neighborhoods are possible. The Water Dept. has staged emergency generators in the Kisathchie Well Field to ensure water production continues in the event power lines inside the well field are impacted by snow and ice accumulations. Tuesday night is projected to be the coldest night with a low temperature in the middle teens. During the New Year’s artic outbreak, which had similar low temperatures, the AUS answered over 300 calls related to frozen household pipes. Residents are urged to take precautions now before the coldest temperatures arrive:
• Insulate water pipes in unheated areas and exterior walls.
• Know where your property’s water shut-off valve is located.
• Inspect normally unattended or unoccupied properties for leaks.
• Promptly shut off leaks caused by frozen or burst pipes. If you are unable to shut off the water to your home or business, please call the Water Department at 473-1264.
• Do not drip faucets during the daylight hours. If you must drip faucets during the night to prevent freezing, a small, pencil lead size stream is enough.
• Turn off automatic sprinkler and irrigation systems; insulate your backflow preventer to avoid freezing.
Remember also to bring your pets inside during these harsh conditions.
ATRANS and other public services will be available during the day Tuesday as long as weather and road conditions allow. Police, fire or medical emergencies should be reported to 911 as usual. Continue to monitor the City’s Facebook page (AlexConnects), the Alexandria Utility System Facebook page and local media for up-to-the minute information.