Parish saw 5-8 inches of snow

Published 4:54 am Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Tommy Thiebaud, director of the Washington Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said that the parish got five to eight inches of snow last Friday.

Bogalusa Public Works Director James Hall said the city was relatively unscathed by the snowstorm.

“We had a lot of limbs down from snow on them,” he said.

Hall added a warning to the public.

“It’s still wet on the ground where the snow was, and it probably will be wet until Friday,” he said.

“We had some power outages Friday and Saturday,” Hall said. “Eight-hundred eighty people within the city limits were without power at one time. We got off easy for the amount of snow we had. Some people were out of power in the parish until Sunday.”

Hall said city crews helped shake the snow off wires that were sagging before Entergy could get to them, and his crews are continuing to clear debris.

Thiebaud said that there was little physical damage seen in the parish, although many citizens lost power temporarily.

“I don’t guess there were physical damages other than tree branches,” he said. “The only reports our office received, as far as damage, were tree limbs that had fallen on roadways. Our crews continue to work on clearing this debris.

“Based on numbers posted on their respective websites, at one time there were 4,578 customers without power, with most being restored by Sunday.”