Both Mississippi River crossings in St. James Parish have been closed due to icy weather conditions, and local authorities are asking residents to conserve water.

St. James Parish sheriff's deputies announced the Sunshine Bridge near Convent and Donaldsonville closed shortly after 7:30 a.m. Monday.

The announcement for the Veterans Memorial Bridge near Gramercy came about 40 minutes later.

The bridges are only the latest major state bridge or highway to close due the freezing weather.

Separately, parish sheriff's deputies said the La. 20 bridge at Bayou Chevreuil in western St. James was also closed Monday morning. The highway is an important connection between St. James and Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes.

St. James Parish officials also asked residents not to drip water from their faucets until temperatures reached 28 degrees. 

The Convent area was 31 degrees as of 7 a.m. Monday.

In past cold snaps, continued running of water to avoid bursting pipes has taxed local systems and even caused outages.  


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