A search-and rescue operation is underway on Lake Pontchartrain Wednesday morning after officials believe a truck plunged into the water off the southbound lanes of the Causeway.
Divers are preparing to search a vehicle in Lake Pontchartrain that plunged over the railing of the southbound span of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway early Wednesday (Jan. 23).
A pickup truck driving southbound on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway plunged into the water early Wednesday morning (Jan. 24), according to authorities. The southbound bridge is closed while authorities search for the driver.
Both sides of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway are open, and crews have lifted a pickup truck from the water after it plunged off the bridge early Wednesday.
Crews closed the southbound Causeway after a truck flew off the bridge overnight.
A full day of sun and temperatures above 40 degrees finally began to send the snow and ice covering many south Louisiana roads into retreat, allowing officials to reopen many of the state’s major interstates and arteries by late afternoon.
The cold and ice that swept through southeast Louisiana Tuesday and Wednesday froze transportation networks, forcing the closure of roads, bridges, streetcar lines and the runways at Louis Armstrong International Airport.
Like much of the New Orleans area, St. Tammany Parish awoke Wednesday (Jan. 17) to find itself coated in a layer of ice, thanks to a wave of snow, sleet and freezing rain that accompanied temperatures in the teens.