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State of Emergency for Plaquemines Parish

PLAQUEMINE, LA (WAFB) -

Governor Bobby Jindal declared a State of Emergency for Plaquemines Parish Wednesday as the parish deals with drinking water issues from a saltwater intrusion.

A salt wedge is moving up the Mississippi River because of historic low levels of water on the river, which is affecting the parish's water supply.

The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness are delivering 30,000 bottles of water to the parish. GOHSEP transported the first delivery of 6,900 bottles of water to Plaquemines parish on Wednesday. The Louisiana National Guard will deploy a truck that contains 4,000 gallons of water to the parish Thursday morning and will continue to provide this same supply for five days.

The parish wants to use four barges to supplement the local water supply. In order to ensure that this water is safe, the barges must be tested to ensure that they are safe to carry water. The water will be filtered after it is transported.

Once the water is treated, DHH will test it to be certain it meets federal drinking water standards and is safe for human consumption.

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