New Orleans declares state of emergency as saltwater creeps up drought-stricken Mississippi river and threatens drinking water for nearly 900,000 residents
- A saltwater intrusion in the water supply that’s pumped out of the Mississippi river is threatening the drinking water of nearly 900,000 residents
- Water with high salinity levels can pose serious health risks to human if ingested, and if contaminated, it could be months before fresh water returns
- Mayor LaToya Cantrell signed an emergency declaration for the City of New Orleans on Friday, in alignment with the Governor’s Office
PUBLISHED: 23:39 EDT, 22 September 2023 | UPDATED: 01:16 EDT, 23 September 2023
Water with high salinity levels can pose serious health risks to human if ingested, and if contaminated, it could be months before fresh water returns as long as the drought persists.
Mayor of New Orleans LaToya Cantrell declared a state of emergency due to the saltwater intrusion on Friday, in alignment with the Governor’s Office. Continue watchingBiden, 80, walks through graveyard en route to mass in Delawareafter the ad
‘Unfortunately, we just haven’t had the relief from dry conditions that we need,’ Gov. John Bel Edwards said at a Friday news conference in New Orleans.
Many concerned households and business owners say they fear for their health, with some claiming they have had enough and are looking to move house.
Gov. John Bel Edwards (pictured) provided an update on the saltwater intrusion in a press conference on Friday, along with state and local leaders, emergency officials and representatives from the US Army Corps of Engineers