Office of the Mayor-President

For release: IMMEDIATELY

Release Date: 01/06/2017

Mayor Broome urges residents to “stay off the roads” in light of wintry weather conditions

Office of Mayor-President
City Of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge


Jan. 6, 2017


JoAnne Moreau, Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness: (225) 389-2100
Dr. Tamiara Wade, Assistant Chief Administrative Officer: (225) 389-3100
Michelle McCalope, Communications Office: (225) 389-7957

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced today that the Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (MOHSEP) has been activated in light of the wintry weather conditions in the Baton Rouge Area.

MOHSEP personnel along with law enforcement and emergency response officials will be monitoring the conditions closely during the duration of this weather event to ensure the safety of all citizens.

“Right now, we’re telling residents to stay off the roads,” Mayor Broome said during a news conference. “Anyone who must drive is urged to use extreme caution.”

City-Parish employees were dismissed early in light of expected icy conditions on the roadway. The Mayor is asking residents to take the necessary steps to protect their family and neighbors as well as pets and pipes.
The Mayor has also been in touch with the Governor’s office, the Department of Transportation and Development, elected officials and volunteer organizations to help coordinate efforts if the need arises. Additionally, the Department of Public Works has trucks loaded with sand on standby.

For more information, call 389-2100.