Posted: Jan 12, 2010 2:12 PM by Rob Kirkpatrick
NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana National Guard is assisting local communities that have been affected by the freezing temperatures that hit the area over the past week.
At the direction of the Governor in response to emergency requests for assistance received by the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, Louisiana Guardsmen have positioned 5,000 gallon water tankers in LaSalle, Tensas and Madison Parishes where several communities are impacted from broken or damaged water systems.
The Guard's water tankers will likely remain in place for the next 24 - 72 hours, until the communities are able to make the necessary repairs to restore sufficient water supply to their citizens.
Since May, the Guard has also been delivering water to distribution points throughout Ferriday to ensure that residents have an adequate supply of drinking water due to problems with water wells in Concordia Parish.