A rare snowfall in the Baton Rouge area has led to the cancellation of recycling and garbage pickup Friday as city-parish officials closely monitored road and weather conditions.
Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome's office said Friday morning that the city-parish's Crisis Action Team was actively monitoring conditions from the Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency preparedness.
City-Parish wash trucks that are used to put down de-icing solutions were assisting at the airport with conditions there, Broome's office said in a news release.
The Department of Public Works barricade officials are also out monitoring road conditions and have barricades at the ready to deploy if and when road conditions call for closures, Broome said.
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She said the decision to cancel garbage and recycling services for Friday and Saturday was driven by road conditions and safety concerns.
Broome said the city-parish is coordinating with Entergy on area power outage areas. She said citizens who arrive at interesections where traffic lights are out should treat them as four-way stops.
"If you have to drive in these conditions, slow down," Broome said in the news release.
Visibility was an issue in some areas. Surface streets were not snowed over, but they were wet and slick. On the interstate, it was difficult to see the lines on the road in certain areas.
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