Jefferson and Orleans parishes prepare for recovery from hard freeze

Jefferson and Orleans parishes prepare for recovery from hard freeze

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Temperatures are starting to rise in the New Orleans area, but there are still many issues facing Orleans and Jefferson parishes.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu is asking people not to use their dishwashers or washing machines because of low water pressure. A boil water advisory is in effect for the East Bank of both parishes.

Officials said to prepare for an extended boil water advisory.

As the weather gets warmer, crews will begin to look for leaks. Contractors are being hired to help with repairs to parish waterlines.

This is the first boil water advisory on the east bank of Jefferson Parish since 2005.

Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni said crews cannot respond to water breaks on private property. Residents should contact the parish on how to turn off their water.

If Jefferson Parish residents discover a leak in parish water lines they should call 504-736-6742.

Kenner Mayor Ben Zahn has issued an official state of emergency declaration for the city of Kenner.

Yenni confirmed that East Jefferson Hospital is using well water system and Ochsner's main campus is using bottled water and some surgeries may be canceled. The Louisiana National Guard has moved several trailers of water for Ochsner in Kenner, which is fully operational.

Elective surgeries and procedures, diagnostic imaging and lab appointments will be rescheduled," a statement from Ochsner said. "All patients with appointments at these locations can confirm or reschedule appointments through MyOchsner, by calling their clinic directly or by calling 1-866-OCHSNER."

Roads are starting to open, but officials are asking people to limit their driving and not to go around barricades.

Yenni said I-10 through Jefferson Parish might open around noon on Thursday.

Charles Rice with Entergy said the voluntary call to conserve power has been lifted. The grid is expected to be fine.

Toilets can't be flushed at Armstrong Airport and portable toilets are being brought in. Hand sanitizers are also being supplied. You should contact your airline before going to the airport.

Gov. John Bel Edwards said state offices in Orleans, Jefferson, West Feliciana, St. John the Baptist, Assumption and Lafourche parishes will be closed Friday.

All RTA bus services are operating. The St. Charles streetcar line is running. The Rampart streetcar line has been suspended and replaced with bus service. Ferries closed due to icing at landing points.