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Effects of winter weather in Pineville

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) A recent spell of harsh winter weather has presented some unique challenges for the Pineville Police Department.

"People here aren't used to driving in icy snowy type weather and we ask people to stay off the roads. Some people do, and some people don't. And the ones that get out that are in experienced drivers that drive on this type of road conditions are the ones going in ditches, having accidents, sliding down hills," said Lt. Darrell Basco.

Cenla residents we spoke with say the biggest problem has been the road closures in the area.

"All the bridges that are closed just messes up everything when your going out to travel. You can't get to where you are going so you got to detour and you just don't know what's going to happen. For Louisiana this has been cold and snowy and really been bad," said Melvin Gilbert.

"We really have avoided some of the bridges and over passes we could have been on the other side of the river today working, but we chose to stay over here. We do have work to do in the Alexandria area and we have been putting that off," said Lloyd Coldiron.

Public safety experts say for now, your travel plans should be kept to a minimum.

"We are still going to have some patches of ice, we encourage people over the next day until we get a good complete thaw to stay off the road unless its absolutely necessary," said Lt. Darrell Basco.

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