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):

  • Boil water for one full minute in a clean container. The one minute boil time begins after the water has been brought to a rolling boil. (The flat taste can be eliminated by shaking the water in a bottle or pouring it from one container to another.)
  • If the water is clear, mix 1/8 teaspoon of unscented, liquid chlorine laundry bleach with one gallon of water and let it stand for at least 30 minutes prior to consumption.
  • If  the water is cloudy or colored, use 1/4 teaspoon of unscented, liquid chlorine laundry bleach per gallon of water. Be sure to mix thoroughly.