Sheriff commends drivers for staying off icy roadways

Published: Jan. 29, 2014 at 10:11 PM CST|Updated: Jun. 2, 2014 at 4:31 PM CDT
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Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office
Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office thanked drivers for staying off the roads during the recent icy conditions and urged them to continue to exercise caution, in spite of improved road conditions in some areas.

Sheriff Sid Gautreaux commended people for the heeding warnings during this unusual weather event for south Louisiana.

He said additional deputies patrolled parish roadways over the past two days, but only responded to 33 minor car crashes.

He also praised his deputies for the job they did in handling the freezing temperatures and roadways.

"I would like to commend the men and women of the sheriff's office, as well as all other first responders for their efforts during the past 48 hours serving the community throughout inclement weather," Gautreaux said in a written release. "They have done an outstanding job responding to calls and monitoring the roadways. I would also like to commend the Department of Public Works for their quick deployment of personnel and resources that kept residents off unsafe roads."

All non-essential departments within EBRSO are closed Thursday, but will reopen Friday.

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