Water issues plague frozen area
2 in Iberia Parish shut off its water discharge pumps Thursday afternoon to replenish the storage tanks.
The discharge pumps were restarted by 6 p.m. to allow customers limited use as water became available.
The district planned to shut off pumps again from midnight to 5 a.m. today to allow the storage tanks to recover during a low demand time period.
Billy Edrington with the Louisiana Water Co. said a boil water advisory put in place for parts of Iberia Parish likely will stay in effect until Saturday.
The company will begin taking water samples to measure the coliform count today, which is followed by testing that takes at least 24 hours.
Other parts of the area have faced similar problems.
St. Mary Parish school closures were announced in other parts of the parish.
B. Edward Boudreaux Middle School, Foster Elementary School, Franklin Senior High School, Franklin Junior high School, Lagrange Elementary, Raintree Elementary and West St. Mary High School will be closed today due to instability of local water service, according to a prepared statement from the St. Mary Parish School Board.
The National Weather Service in Lake Charles is expecting warmer temperatures through the weekend with highs in the 50s on Saturday, and 60s on Sunday.
Rain is expected on Sunday, with the highest rain chances overnight Sunday into Monday morning, before tapering off during the day Monday.