DOTD preparing for cold weather

The cold weather that's expected to blow across the state could make for dangerous road conditions. Deidra Druilhet of the Department of Transportation and Development explains road crews will keep an eye on the roads for ice and road blocking debris.

“They're going to continue to monitor the roads. We have all of our equipment ready to go to make sure we can remove any type of fallen branches and remove ice that could buildup on the roads,” explains Druilhet.

Parish school districts in Acadiana are making preparations too. Angela Morrison of the Lafayette Parish School System says pipes and heating systems will be checked and monitored at all the schools.

“We make sure all of that is in good condition; and if not we make adjustments. If we have to make an adjustment as we did a couple of weeks ago when schools opened January 6, we did have to make some adjustments.  We did let those families know,” adds Morrison.

Damon Evans is the parish school systems Director of Transportation. Evans says a decision will be made based on how bad the weather gets. He adds that school bus drivers will be forewarned accordingly.

“It's supposed to be very cold on Friday morning and we're supposed to have rain. We don't know when it's going to come in or when it's going to pass. If we know ahead of time on Thursday, then we'll make that call Thursday. If not, I'll be here at 4:30am Friday morning and we'll make that decision then too as well,” says Evans.

DOTD is also preparing to have a conference call with the National Weather Service to get a better idea of what the weather system plans to do and the impact it will have for the Acadiana area.
The St. Landry Parish School district's Director of Transportation says he's waiting to hear from the Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness for weather advice and preps, then pass that onto bus drivers.

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