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Louisiana House of Representatives sending 150K bottles of water to Shreveport

Greg Hilburn
Shreveport Times

Louisiana's House of Representatives is sending 150,000 bottles of water to Shreveport, where last week's winter storms decimated the city's water system.

Most of Shreveport and the surrounding communities the city's system serves are under a boil order until Friday.

Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Stuart Bishop, R-Lafayette, coordinated the House's effort.

“Members around the state were quick to act once we heard water service in Shreveport was an issue,” Schexnayder said. “In a matter of hours, they had water and transportation provided by businesses around the state. It’s been a real team effort.”

Clay Schexnayder

The effort was aided by donations of 6,000 cases of water by Ralph’s Supermarket in Gonzales, Acadiana Bottling Company in Lafayette, Music Mountain Water in Shreveport and Shreveport Coca-Cola Bottling Company.

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Newman Transport, Agway Systems and American Trucking Association volunteered to transport the water from the southern portion of the state to Shreveport, where state Rep. Thomas Pressly, R-Shreveport, is assisting with distribution.

“When our neighbors are in need, you can count on Louisianans to step up,” Bishop said. “It’s what we do.”

Greg Hilburn covers state politics for the USA TODAY Network of Louisiana. Follow him on Twitter @GregHilburn1.