Plans delayed: Drivers react to road closures and delays

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POSTED: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 5:21pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 6:52pm

The roads are back open now, but that certainly wasn't the case earlier in the day.

As the freezing and wet Mardi Gras rolled on in South Louisiana, it made driving a big headache for people here, whether they were celebrating or just getting the job done.

Slick and wet roads on Mardi Gras, and so much for a day out at the parades, Naisha London was one of many that cancelled all of her Mardi Gras plans.

"It's kind of inconvenient," Naisha said. "We had some plans, but due to the weather, I'm not trying to do anything. Because it's too bad to get on the road to even try to go anywhere."

The same goes for Samantha Williams and Deresha Porter.

"It's a little disappointing," Samantha said.

"I don't like the cold at all," Deresha said.

They planned to head to New Orleans.

"We went out on Saturday, so it was nice weather then," Samantha said. "Now today, it got cancelled."

"I wasn't expecting it," Deresha said. "There was ice on the car and everything."

Roads and bridges closed for hours because of the ice, and with this weather comes traffic accidents.

"We actually almost saw a crash on the way here. So, we don't want to risk that," Deresha said. "A lot of people don't know how to drive in this type of weather."

"I'm only 19. So, I haven't been driving that long," Samantha said. "So, driving in this weather, it still freaks me out, especially seeing the crashes."

Dozens of accidents happened all over the area, but thankfully, things are warming up just in time for Lent.

Even though things looked pretty clear Tuesday night, agencies like MOHSEP said they're always prepared just in case.

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