Acadiana warming up after winter storm

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The ice is now puddles of water along roadways around Acadiana, warming up after a blistering week.

But now that the temperatures have settled, so has the emergency response.

Trooper Stephen Hammons with State Police Troop I says it's been quite a learning experience since Friday's ice storm.

“Certainly, we saw a different response from the public during the second event,” said Hammons.

While troopers responded to over 200 crashes last Friday, dangerous conditions scared drivers off the roads this time around. And that made law enforcement's job a little easier.

“The public plays a huge role in helping law enforcement by remaining at home during events such as this,” said Hammons.

And what a difference 24 can make. Wednesday, Interstate 10 was shut down but was bustling by Thursday afternoon. But it was closing the roads before things got too bad which made a huge impact.

Hammons says keeping an eye on icy conditions before crashes made all the difference. Over a 30-hour period, they responded to 130 calls.

“That's not just crashes, but also any other calls for services we received from stranded motorists or anything else,” said Hammons.

And social media played a huge part in keeping the public informed.

“People who signed up for Nixle, who stayed up to date through police Facebook page were getting a lot of information in real time to let people know about,” said Hammons.

State police and other agencies were meeting earlier Thursday afternoon to discuss what worked and what they can do different next time.

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