Aug 25, 2011 9:42 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state has sent 14 military water tanks to the town of Ferriday in response to a water shortage.
The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness said Wednesday that Ferriday officials asked for the tanks to be placed at various locations, including a nursing home, hospital and five schools. The rest will be placed around town for residents who need it.
Officials expect the resources to arrive on Thursday.
Ferriday's water operator on Aug. 18 issued a boil water advisory, which remains in effect.
Water is currently being pumped into the town's water system, but it is believed that the problem is in the water lines going out to residents. Authorities say a combination of decreased supply and increased demand related to heat and drought precipitated the problem.