Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards directed the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) to coordinate support for the town of Clinton in East Feliciana Parish due to a water outage caused by a broken water line. Repairs are currently underway, and The Louisiana National Guard (LANG) is sending 16 pallets of water, a total of 32,256 bottles of water, from Camp Villere in Slidell for both the public and the East Feliciana Parish Prison facility.
East Feliciana Parish has declared a state of emergency due to the water issues. As a result, a boil advisory has been implemented. Once the repairs are complete, the boil advisory will remain in place as the water samples are tested and pressure in the system is restored. GOHSEP has created a WebEOC incident for this situation to address any additional requests for assistance from the parish.
“Temperatures are expected to be in the mid to upper 90s in Clinton for the next several days,” said Governor John Bel Edwards. “We want to make sure the public is safe while the water system issues are being resolved. These types of water problems are certainly an inconvenience, but they can also be life threatening in some cases due to the heat, which is why it is important for the public to heed all warnings and take the necessary safety precautions. GOHSEP will continue to monitor this situation and stands ready to offer any additional requests for support.”
Health officials offer this advice for anyone under a boil advisory:
Disinfect your water by any one of the following methods prior to consumption (including drinking, cooking, brushing teeth or preparing food):