Edwards asks Biden for federal emergency declaration for Louisiana

    Gov. John Bel Edwards has requested a federal emergency declaration from President Joe Biden to help the state manage a winter weather emergency that has already killed at least four, The News Star reports

    More than 100,000 customers remained without electricity this morning as a second round of ice and snow continued to pelt northern Louisiana and boil orders remained in place in Shreveport and Lake Charles. There were 36 water outages in 18 parishes and 178 boil water advisories in 39 parishes. In total, more than 48,000 Louisianans were without water and more than 956,000 live in areas with boil water advisories.

    “Extreme winter weather, including record low temperatures, snow, sleet and freezing rain, has been destructive for many areas of Louisiana, most notably through continued power and water outages across the state,” Edwards says in his request, which he made Wednesday night. The governor requested direct federal assistance, specifically commodities and supplies in response to the extended power outage and emergency protective measures, under the Federal Emergency Management Agency Public Assistance program.

    Though the snow and ice are forecast to leave the state by midday today, temperatures remained below freezing in much of northern Louisiana and are forecast to dip back into the teens tonight and Friday night. Read the full story