Local law enforcement agencies team up to warn public of approaching winter storm

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Law enforcement urging public to prepare now, stay off roads, and inside your homes within the next 48 to 72 hours

Monday, January 27, 2014 - 5:18pm

Troop I with state police has enabled their emergency plans in expectation of the winter, ice event coming through Acadiana the next couple of days.  Troop I is working with Lafayette police as well as Lafayette sheriffs department to keep all roadways open until absolutely necessary.  To keep informed of any road closures call 511 or you can also log onto lsp.org for an up-to-date list of all closures throughout Acadiana.

"This event is going to be different than Friday's event with regards to the amount of ice we will see will be much greater.  It will form on trees, it will form on power lines which could cause additional dangers that we did not see on Friday," says Captain Kip Judice, Lafayette Sheriff's Office.

"Of course there's no crystal ball where we're able to look and predict what could potentially happen over the next coming days, but the most important thing is that people have a game plan and that they put that game plan into place during these next couple of days," says Trooper Stephen Hammons, State Police.

Of course the main message out to everyone is stay inside, and off of the roads.  If you must go out make sure you have enough fuel in your vehicle, keep a great distance between yourself and other vehicles on the road, and drive slowly.  Other things to look for are down power lines and tree limbs with the extra ice and wind added to this winter storm.  Law enforcement is urging the public that now is the time to get enough supplies to last you through the next forty-eight to seventy-two hours in your home.

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