Hard Freeze Disrupts Big Easy

New Orleans infrastructure was slammed by an unprecedented arctic blast last week as falling water pressure prompted city officials to advise residents to boil their tap water for safety. At the Louis Armstrong International Airport, passengers dealt with plunging terminal temperatures and closed restrooms and water fountains.

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New Orleans officials told residents in the eastern sector of the city to boil their water as pressure Wednesday evening plunged in the city from a record cold snap.

The water woes were triggered by frozen and burst water mains. Many city residents left their taps trickling water to avert home water line freezes, also contributing to falling water pressure.

At the city’s Louis Armstrong International Airport, the lack of water affected boilers Thursday evening that comprised heating in the structure. That problem was cleared up by Friday morning.

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New Orleans officials told residents in the eastern sector of the city to boil their water as pressure Wednesday evening plunged in the city from a record cold snap.

The water woes were triggered by frozen and burst water mains. Many city residents left their taps trickling water to avert home water line freezes, also contributing to falling water pressure.

At the city’s Louis Armstrong International Airport, the lack of water affected boilers Thursday evening that comprised heating in the structure. That problem was cleared up by Friday morning.

But many restrooms and water fountains at the airport still were not functioning early in the day.

At the Peet’s coffee shop, patrons seeking coffee were told that only bottled cold water and juices were available for them.

The city’s aging water infrastructure was not able to stand up to the most prolonged, coldest weather the city has ever faced. The temperature in parts of the city hit 27 degrees early Wednesday.

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