NEW ORLEANS, LA-- Tonight the City of New Orleans is monitoring inclement weather affecting Orleans Parish and is coordinating with surrounding parishes and the State to ensure the safety of residents.
The City is working in cooperation with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development to clear roadways and bridges. Motorists are reminded to use extra caution when traveling during this time and should stay off the roads whenever possible. In case of any emergencies, motorists are encouraged to call 911.
All citizens should take appropriate precautions to protect themselves from the potentially dangerous effects of this weather. Exposure to temperatures near freezing, combined with strong winds, for an extended period of time can cause serious medical problems. Citizens are also encouraged to check on neighbors and the elderly to make sure they are prepared.
The City's Freeze Plan is in effect tonight to provide temporary shelter for homeless citizens. Weather conditions will require all individuals to seek shelter.
Persons needing shelter will be accepted at the following locations under the following conditions:
The Salvation Army, 4530 South Claiborne Avenue – will accept males and females beginning at 4:00 p.m.
Ozanam Inn, 843 Camp Street – will accept males only beginning at 4:00 p.m.
Covenant House, 611 North Rampart Street – will accept males and females between the ages 16-21, their dependent children, and any female with dependent minor children. Mothers with small children may come anytime.
New Orleans Mission, 1130 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. – will only accept male or female adults beginning at 4:00 p.m.
All shelters are open free of charge to those seeking shelter during this period of inclement weather.
Go to www.511la.org for updated information on bridge closures.