Freezing Temperatures cause two deaths in New Orleans.
It snowed in New Orlean’s Jackson Square this week
Three deaths in Ohio this week were blamed on the dangerous cold spell that has hit the continental United State.
At least three Ohio deaths are linked to dangerously cold weather that closed schools, caused power outages and broke water pipes this week, the Ohio Emergency Management Agency said Wednesday.
Two of those deaths were in northwest Ohio. A 75-year-old man died of hypothermia in an Allen County home that reportedly had no heat, and his wife was in critical condition, being treated for hypothermia, the EMA reported. In Wauseon, a 90-year-old woman was found dead in drifting snow Monday morning after her car got stuck and she tried to walk home.
The death of a 58-year-old man found near an abandoned Cleveland home also was attributed to exposure to the cold.
And, freezing temperatures were blamed in two deaths in New Orleans.
The Times Picaynne reported:
Freezing temperatures were responsible for two deaths in New Orleans this week, officials say.
Davetta Odom, 58, was found dead Wednesday afternoon inside a tent on Earhart Boulevard, according to John Gagliano, chief medical examiner with the Orleans Parish coroner’s office. Charles Bourgeois, 32, was discovered dead Tuesday on Poydras Street near the Riverwalk, Gagliano said.
Meanwhile, Deputy Mayor Lt. Col. Jerry Sneed said homeless shelter populations swelled on Monday and Tuesday nights as the city activated its freeze plan to house those without access to heated homes.
Nearly 550 people poured into the New Orleans Mission, The Salvation Army and Ozanam Inn on Monday when temperatures dropped into 20s, Sneed said. That number increased to 639 on Tuesday, including 17 people who found shelter at an overflow facility set up by the city, at the Allie Mae Williams Center, 2020 Jackson Ave. By comparison, 339 people were in shelters on Jan. 2, when the low temperature was 40 degrees.
Despite efforts by police, city officials and shelter workers to get people out of the cold, Sneed said some resist. “Everyone has their own reasons why they do and don’t do things,” Sneed said.
B.B. St. Roman, executive director of the New Orleans Police Department Homeless Assistance Unit, assists a homeless man to her van to transport him to a shelter, in New Orleans, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. The third and nastiest arctic blast of the season hit Louisiana on Tuesday, as temperatures plummeted, freezing rain began to fall and the rare possibility of snow tonight looms. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)