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Gov. Edwards holds briefing on state's response to winter weather

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Posted at 1:12 PM, Feb 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-20 19:28:13-05

Governor John Bel Edwards held a news conference Saturday afternoon on the state's response to this week's winter weather.

The governor was in Shreveport to meet with city leaders and health officials.

One of the state's biggest goals right now is bringing water to places in critical need, including hospitals and dialysis centers. The governor said Louisiana is competing against other states who are also trying to get water, like Texas.

Officials who met with the governor Saturday, including representatives from various area hospitals and DOTD, Shreveport mayor Adrian Perkins, and Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator, agree that the area's greatest need is water. The state is working to bring potable water to areas and are also working to make repairs to water systems.

Gov. Edwards also mentioned that electricity is being "rapidly restored" across Louisiana, and said that even though law enforcement has responded to hundreds of vehicle accidents statewide, there have been no fatalities.

Many roads have opened but the governor said many others are just starting to thaw, and urged Louisianians not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

Watch the briefing below:

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