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  • Gretna woman indicted after stealing Isaac relief funds

    September 26, 2015 11:44 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A 42-year-old Gretna woman has been indicted for theft of federal funds related to aid received after Hurricane Isaac. U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite, in a news release Friday, said Danielle Randall submitted an application for disaster assistance for damage to her apartment and personal property.... more »
  • Roof repair program benefits Ascension hurricane victims

    September 15, 2015 6:59 PM

    ASCENSION PARISH - A new federally-funded program will provide money to households with roof damages caused by Hurricanes Gustav and Isaac. The $200,000 in federal funds are currently in the hands of the Ascension Parish government. During the next few months they will determine which homes deserve a portion... more »
  • Anniversary: Isaac comes inland

    August 28, 2014 10:21 AM

    It has been exactly two years since a hurricane has made landfall in the state of Louisiana. On August 28, 2012 around 6:45pm, Hurricane Isaac came ashore near the mouth of the Mississippi River with maximum sustained winds of 80mph and a minimum central pressure of 965mb. While... more »
  • Laplace recovery continues one year after Isaac

    August 29, 2013 10:18 AM

    LAPLACE- A year after Hurricane Isaac inundated St. John the Baptist Parish, the recovery continues. Today, citizens and parish leaders are looking back on the storm that surprised much of Laplace, flooding neighborhoods in the surrounding area. Now, the Army Corps of Engineers is floating plans to build... more »
  • La. community is 'a ghost town' a year after Isaac

    August 26, 2013 2:01 PM

    BRAITHWAITE - Isaac barely had hurricane-strength winds when it blew ashore a year ago, but its effects are still apparent in coastal Louisiana where thousands of homes flooded. After landfall on Aug. 28, 2012, Isaac stalled, dumping more than a foot of rain and churning a monstrous storm surge. In... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "Reflections of August Storms."

    August 23, 2013 6:47 PM

    A year ago, New Jersey was bracing for Hurricane Sandy, a weekend storm never experienced since 1871 and Hurricane Hazel. As noted in a previous column, August is one of the worst months for storms in Louisiana. Also on this date in 1992, Hurricane Andrew made landfall 20 miles southwest... more »
  • Civil suit filed in altercation with debris workers

    August 15, 2013 5:17 PM

    GRAND ISLE - A Hurricane Isaac debris worker who said she was spit on last year during a profanity-laced tirade by a Grand Isle businessman filed a civil suit against him today. Brandi Worley videotaped the confrontation with Josh Jambon in Sept. 2012. The video showed Jambon slapping workers... more »
  • Group tallies Isaac's environment impact

    August 6, 2013 2:27 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- At least 341,000 gallons of oil, chemicals and untreated waste-water were released by oil, coal, gas and petrochemical facilities along the Louisiana coast after Hurricane Isaac struck in August 2012, according to a report released Tuesday. An environmental consortium examined National Response Center and Louisiana Department of Environmental... more »
  • IG: Millions in ice allowed to melt during Isaac

    August 1, 2013 6:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Millions of pounds of ice from Hurricane Isaac were allowed to melt away following the storm, according to a report by the Office of the State Inspector General. According to the report, the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness bought 45 million pounds of... more »
  • Revisiting Laplace after Isaac check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 17, 2013 4:24 PM

    LAPLACE - Hurricane season just is days away. For some, the memory of Isaac is still fresh, since the cleanup hasn't stopped. St. John the Baptist is one of those parishes still picking up the pieces after Isaac devastated the town of Laplace. "We feel like we're coming... more »
  • Deadline looms for Isaac flood insurance claims

    April 17, 2013 8:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A deadline is approaching for Louisiana policyholders to file flood insurance claims over damage from Hurricane Isaac last year. The Federal Emergency Management Agency says most policyholders with the National Flood Insurance Program have until April 22 to complete their proof-of-loss claims. FEMA says the... more »
  • Jefferson Parish to burn Isaac debris this week

    April 2, 2013 8:39 AM

    MARRERO - Jefferson Parish plans to burn branches, trees and stumps hauled off after Hurricane Isaac from three west bank towns Thursday and Friday in a Marrero park. If a controlled burn is not possible Thursday, the burning will start when the weather allows. FEMA approved debris removal at about... more »
  • Extension to file Hurricane Isaac claims

    February 22, 2013 11:07 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Property owners with flood insurance policies whose homes or other structures were damaged during Hurricane Isaac have an additional 60 days to file claims for their flood-related losses. Policy owners now have until April 22 to complete their proof of loss claims. The National Flood Insurance Program says... more »
  • Landrieu announces $6M in FEMA grants

    February 21, 2013 7:31 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Sen. Mary L. Landrieu says $6 million in disaster recovery grants related to Hurricanes Isaac and Katrina are heading to Louisiana. Landrieu says the funds are provided through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Public Assistance Program. Landrieu said Wednesday that $3.7 million will go to the... more »
  • Plaquemines gets Isaac FEMA grant to fix road

    February 4, 2013 2:23 PM

    POINTE A LA HACHE - Plaquemines Parish will receive nearly $1.3 million from the federal government to help fix roads damaged by Hurricane Isaac. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Monday the $1,280,209 grant, is part of the $195.5 million in total public assistance recovery dollars approved for the state... more »
  • Deadline extended for Isaac claims

    January 23, 2013 7:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana property owners with flood insurance policies whose homes or other structures were damaged during Hurricane Isaac have another 30 days to file claims for their flood losses. Policy owners now have until Feb. 21 to complete their proof of loss. The National Flood Insurance... more »
  • Popular Maurepas restaurant under water again

    January 13, 2013 8:59 PM

    MAUREPAS - Walking through Val's Marina in rain boots is déjà vu for Brett Bell. Water is every where you look, just like after Hurricane Isaac. "It's kinda surreal. We didn't know the water was gonna get back in," says Bell's wife and restaurant co-owner Nicole. The... more »
  • La. to get more Isaac recovery funds

    January 9, 2013 6:58 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Federal Emergency Management Agency is sending $7.4 million to Louisiana in Hurricane Isaac recovery funds to help impacted families with additional household and education needs and more. The FEMA dollars are going to the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services for a Disaster Case... more »
  • Deadline approaching for Isaac-delayed taxes

    January 7, 2013 10:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The IRS reminded people today that this Friday is the deadline for certain tax filings delayed by Hurricane Isaac. After Isaac passed through Louisiana on Sept. 5, the IRS postponed several tax filing and payment deadlines for taxpayers in Louisiana and Mississippi, giving them until Jan.... more »
  • "That's A Weather Wrap"

    December 31, 2012 6:47 PM

    Today's "Weather News" focuses on archived events in 2012. We identified four episodes of severe weather in our area and the most recent tornado outbreak in Zachary and Baker on December 17th. Hurricane Isaac grabbed our attention on August 28th with the most notable flooding damage in LaPlace. On October... more »
  • Hurricane Isaac looting suspect arrested

    December 11, 2012 11:56 AM

    BELLE CHASSE- A Hurricane Isaac looting suspect has been arrested in Ponchatoula through a Crimestoppers tip. Plaquemines Parish sheriff's detectives tell The Times-Picayune 19-year-old Aaron Landry, of Galliano, was arrested Thursday for 10 residential burglaries that occurred in the Buras area during Isaac. Sheriff Lonnie Greco said detectives determined that... more »
  • Former GOHSEP employee says millions wasted on ice Play Video

    December 6, 2012 5:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A former employee at the Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness says he was fired for pointing out taxpayer waste after Hurricane Isaac. Bruce Ellis says he was given additional duties before the storm hit. He says the state spent tens of millions of... more »
  • Weather Service looks at hurricane warnings

    December 5, 2012 9:57 PM

    MIAMI - The National Weather Service is considering changing how it issues hurricane watches and warnings. Spokesman Chris Vaccaro said in an email Wednesday the weather service is considering a proposal to issue watches and warnings for storms that threaten life and property even if they are no longer hurricanes... more »
  • FEMA makes push to connect with storm victims in LA

    November 27, 2012 10:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE- People recovering from Hurricane Isaac can try to get more help from FEMA. The agency said Tuesday it has more assistance available. $530,000 has been added to the relief money for thousands of storm victims. FEMA also said it is making follow-up calls and some home visits.... more »
  • 'Cane farmers want more storm protection

    November 26, 2012 9:47 PM

    THIBODAUX- Sugar Cane farmers want stronger protections from hurricanes since Isaac flooded farmland. 22 parishes in Louisiana produce more than 2.9 billion pounds of raw sugar on 408,000 acres. "We are asking the [Army Corps of Engineers] to take agricultural farmland into account as they plan future flood... more »
  • DPW chief discusses lessons learned from Isaac check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 26, 2012 6:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The interim director of Baton Rouge's Department of Public Works said today his agency's Hurricane Isaac preparation and response went smoothly. David Guillory said they had one overriding goal: get back to normal as quickly as possible. "We need to try to make us operate... more »
  • Grand Isle still waiting for levee repairs

    November 26, 2012 10:57 AM

    GRAND ISLE - Three months after Hurricane Isaac, Grand Isle is still waiting for repairs to the island's levee system. But Grand Isle Mayor David Camardelle tells The Courier he's been told by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that the repairs won't begin until June when tourists typically flock... more »
  • FEMA individual aid nears $116 million after Isaac

    November 14, 2012 7:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved nearly $116 million in individual aid for Louisiana homeowners and renters who experienced damage from Hurricane Isaac. Nearly 32,000 people have received housing assistance, which totals $95 million. Another $21 million has been provided for other types of individual... more »
  • Corps: Isaac's path, slow speed caused flooding

    November 9, 2012 6:21 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A post-Hurricane Isaac study by the Army Corps of Engineers says Isaac's storm surge flooding of areas that were not inundated during Hurricanes Katrina and Gustav was not caused by post-Katrina improvements to New Orleans area levee system. Instead, the study says, surge flooding during Isaac was... more »
  • Laplace flooding study to be finished soon check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 1, 2012 6:16 PM

    LAPLACE - Two months after Hurricane Isaac brought two to four feet of storm surge into hundreds of homes, St. John Parish residents can soon expect answers as to why. Days after the storm, Sen. David Vitter asked the Corps of Engineers to investigate if the protection around New... more »
  • FEMA center opens in Pointe Coupee Parish

    October 22, 2012 10:27 AM

    NEW ROADS - FEMA workers opened a Disaster Recovery Center in Pointe Coupee Parish this morning to help people there file for help dealing with damage caused by Hurricane Isaac. The center opens at 11 a.m. today at the Scott Civic Center in New Roads, with regular hours of... more »
  • Disaster recovery centers for Isaac shutting down

    October 17, 2012 7:10 AM

    LIVINGSTON - The disaster recovery centers opened in Livingston and Tangipahoa parishes in the wake of Hurricane Isaac will all close this week. The Federal Emergency Management Agency says the number of people applying for aid has slowed to a trickle in the two parishes. Officials in both... more »
  • Citizens has settled 85 percent of Isaac claims

    October 15, 2012 2:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's state-run property insurer of last resort says it's settled 85 percent of the more than 17,000 claims it received about damage from Hurricane Isaac. The company - Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation - said Monday that it expects Isaac to cost between $75 million and $100... more »
  • FEMA individual assistance for Isaac tops $101M

    October 10, 2012 9:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Homeowners and renters have received $101 million in individual aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency since Hurricane Isaac. More than 29,000 people have received housing assistance, which totals $83 million. Another $18 million has been provided for other types of individual assistance, according to FEMA.... more »
  • Deer season limited in portions of Southeast Louisiana check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 8, 2012 5:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is taking action in areas impacted by Hurricane Isaac. Seasons in the Maurepas Basin, Plaquemines Parish and St. Bernard Parishes are being shortened and limited to bucks only. State biologists estimate 90 percent of fawns in those areas died... more »
  • LDWF approves shorter deer season due to Isaac

    October 8, 2012 10:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State wildlife officials approved cutting hunting seasons in parts of Louisiana short because of Hurricane Isaac's effects on the deer population. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said flooding in Lake Maurepas Basin caused some adult deer to die, but wiped out an estimated 90... more »
  • Flooded St. John schools may not reopen this year

    October 5, 2012 2:32 PM

    LAPLACE - It may be a full school year before students from East St. John High School and Lake Pontchartrain Elementary School can return to their campuses. St. John the Baptist Parish school officials had hoped to have the two campuses, which were flooded during Hurricane Isaac, ready for... more »
  • Disaster center in Maurepas to stay open longer

    October 1, 2012 3:49 PM

    MAUREPAS - Livingston Parish leaders said a Disaster Recovery Center in Maurepas which was scheduled to close today will instead stay open through Wednesday. The center is located at the American Legion Hall on Highway 22, and is open from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. to help people in... more »
  • Isaac damaged 59,000 homes in La.

    September 28, 2012 3:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Hurricane Isaac damaged nearly 59,000 homes across southeast Louisiana. That is more than four times the number officials estimated a week after the storm made landfall on Aug. 28. The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness says the most severe damage hit houses and rental... more »
  • After Isaac, oyster harvest struggles

    September 28, 2012 9:00 AM

    HOUMA - Hurricane Isaac wiped out many adult oysters in Louisiana waters, another blow to an industry that has been struggling in the wake of BP PLC's 2010 massive oil spill. But in a twist, the storm's raging waters also may have helped set the stage for better crops in... more »
  • Disaster declaration extended for Livingston Parish

    September 26, 2012 10:37 AM

    LIVINGSTON - The parish president said a disaster declaration for Livingston Parish has been extended for another month. Residents in the lower portion of the parish saw extensive flooding after Hurricane Isaac passed through southern Louisiana. Parish President Layton Ricks said FEMA is working with parish officials to... more »
  • Central schools approve makeup plan

    September 26, 2012 7:45 AM

    CENTRAL - The school days for most Central students will be extended by several minutes, and other adjustments are planned to make up for the four days of school lost when Hurricane Isaac blew through Louisiana in late August. The Central Community School Board on Monday agreed on how... more »
  • EBR DSNAP locations only open five days

    September 24, 2012 2:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People applying for disaster food aid in East Baton Rouge Parish have fewer days to do so than other parishes. According to the Department of Children and Family Services, DSNAP locations in the parish will only be open for five days this week. Other parishes have... more »
  • Historic lighthouse washes away check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 21, 2012 5:31 PM

    MANCHAC - An historical landmark that once guided ships through the Lake Ponchartrain and Maurepas causeway has washed away. The Pass Manchac Lighthouse has been around since the 1800's, but it wasn't strong enough to withstand high waters from Hurricane Isaac. Virgil Allen's great-grandfather and grandfather looked after... more »
  • Mosquito problem in Livingston Parish

    September 21, 2012 10:10 AM

    LIVINGSTON - Residents in Livingston Parish may be dealing with an issue bigger than they can handle. Recent rain and Hurricane Isaac left behind a lot of standing water, which could bring a lot of mosquitoes. The Livingston Parish Mosquito Abatement also doesn't have adequate funding to cover... more »
  • Disaster food aid sites open in Felicianas

    September 20, 2012 1:06 PM

    CLINTON - Sites opened today for people in East and West Feliciana parishes who were affected by Hurricane Isaac to apply for or receive disaster food aid. The sites will be open for the next seven days, and will help people get Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance, formerly disaster food... more »
  • Litter a problem on Hwy 42, Amite River

    September 20, 2012 10:23 AM

    PORT VINCENT- Trash lurking in the Amite River is becoming more visible following flooding from Hurricane Isaac. Residents in the area say the high waters floated trash into areas along the banks of the river. Those residents also say more people are littering along Hwy 42. News... more »
  • Disaster food aid sites to open in Felicianas

    September 20, 2012 8:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Residents in East Feliciana and West Feliciana parishes who were affected by Hurricane Isaac have seven days, beginning Thursday, to apply for disaster food benefits. State officials say they're opening sites at the East Feliciana Early Learning Center in Clinton and the Independence Community Center in... more »
  • Felicianas approved for Isaac-related Disaster Food Stamps

    September 18, 2012 9:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE- East and West Feliciana Parishes are approved for Disaster Food Stamps. Sites open Thursday for those residents. Locations will be open from 8 a.m. Until 6 p.m. Locations: East Feliciana - East Feliciana Early Learning Center, 914 Plank Rd., Clinton West Feliciana -... more »
  • DEQ fines company over leaks after Isaac

    September 18, 2012 5:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State regulators say they are issuing a $12,189 fine against a chemical terminal flooded during Hurricane Isaac because it did not notify authorities fast enough about chemical releases. On Tuesday, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality said it issued the fine against Stolthaven New Orleans LLC, a... more »
  • Isaac costs Entergy at least $400 million check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 18, 2012 11:18 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Entergy Corp. says its estimated damages from Hurricane Isaac range from $400 million to $500 million, and the storm is expected to reduce the utility's third-quarter revenue. In a news release on Tuesday, Entergy said it will pursue all reasonable avenues to recover storm costs, including using... more »
  • Hurricane Isaac rescuers nominated for award

    September 17, 2012 10:19 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Sen. Mary Landrieu has nominated a father and son credited with rescuing dozens of neighbors from Hurricane Isaac's floodwaters for an award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. The Louisiana Democrat said Friday that she nominated 53-year-old Jesse Shaffer III and his 25-year-old son, Jesse,... more »
  • Isaac causes spike in initial jobless claims

    September 14, 2012 4:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Hurricane Isaac caused a spike in initial claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Sept. 8. Figures released Friday show initial claims increased to 9,023 from 2,345. That's the most initial claims filed in one week since Hurricanes Gustav and Ike impacted Louisiana in... more »
  • Report: Isaac damaged 2 tanks, chemicals leaked

    September 14, 2012 10:13 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A chemical storage facility southeast of New Orleans that flooded during Hurricane Isaac reported to state officials that no more than about 38,700 gallons of chemicals leaked from two tanks damaged by storm surge and that an underdetermined amount of chemicals flowed off the facility's grounds. The... more »
  • DEQ probes chemical leaks at Isaac-hit facility

    September 13, 2012 4:58 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - State officials are investigating how many chemicals leaked from storage tanks at a facility flooded by Hurricane Isaac with about 7 feet of water. Isaac's surge damaged the Stolthaven Braithwaite LLC chemical storage and transfer facility next to the Mississippi River in Braithwaite, a Plaquemines Parish community... more »
  • Angry over denial for disaster aid, man pulls gun

    September 13, 2012 3:55 PM

    LAPLACE - A man who allegedly got a fully loaded AR-15 assault rifle from his pickup truck after being turned down for disaster food stamps is jailed in St. John the Baptist Parish. Louisiana State Police say a claims processor in LaPlace told officers that a man had become irate... more »
  • Utility leaders to be subpoenaed after Isaac response check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 12, 2012 5:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Now that power has been restored to residents hit by Hurricane Isaac, utility companies are taking heat for their response to restore power. Louisiana Public Service Commissioners passed a 5-0 vote to prompt an investigative hearing to anazlyze the response and preparedness of utility companies to... more »
  • Rough start to alligator season in Livingston Parish check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 12, 2012 4:10 PM

    HEAD OF ISLAND- Alligator hunters say Hurricane Isaac caused several problems as the season gets underway. Livingston waterways were closed until this week, high water levels have pushed alligators into uncommon areas, and recent cool weather means the reptiles move around less. Gator hunter Kenny Watts said there... more »
  • Hours extended to apply for food assistance

    September 12, 2012 7:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State officials say hours have been extended in Orleans and Jefferson parishes for residents seeking disaster food assistance following Hurricane Isaac. Suzy Sonnier, secretary of the Department of Children and Family Services, says both UNO's Lakefront Arena in Orleans Parish and the Alario Center in Jefferson... more »
  • Soldier killed in convoy crash on Louisiana Interstate

    September 11, 2012 7:52 PM

    NATCHITOCHES- A 30-year-old Louisiana Army National Guard soldier was killed in an accident on I-49 Tuesday afternoon. Sgt. Kevin Weiner was in the last Humvee of a convoy when the vehicle was rear-ended by a semi. Sources tell WBRZ the convoy was returning to a base in the... more »
  • Early Isaac damage estimate to La. crops: $100M

    September 11, 2012 11:09 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- LSU AgCenter economist Kurt Guidry says good weather over the next several weeks could do a lot to reduce a preliminary estimate of $100 million in crop damage from Hurricane Isaac. He says the preliminary figure is less than damage from last year's drought. Some farmers lost all... more »
  • Insurance Commissioner discusses claims after Isaac check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 11, 2012 9:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Many residents in south Louisiana continue to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac. Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon stopped by 2une In with information on what to if you have hurricane damage such as flooding and how to file a claim. For more information contact... more »
  • Isaac debris collection ongoing in Tangipahoa

    September 11, 2012 8:58 AM

    AMITE - Tangipahoa Parish crews are cleaning up debris from Hurricane Isaac in the southern end of the parish. Parish President Gordon Burgess says the task of eliminating all the waste should be completed in several weeks. Burgess says some home and camp owners decided to throw damaged... more »
  • Debris pick-up starts today in Ascension Parish check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 10, 2012 5:48 PM

    GONZALES - Cleanup after Hurricane Isaac continues in Ascension Parish, where a few hundred homes were damaged by the storm. Today crews were out picking up debris. Right now,they're only picking up vegetative debris such as trees and limbs. Parish officials will notify people when they can start... more »
  • Middendorf's set to fry after flood Play Video

    September 10, 2012 5:33 PM

    AKERS - Middendorf's is ready to fry their famous thin catfish fillets again after Hurricane Isaac flooded the restaurant, some areas as deep as six feet. It's not the famous restaurant's first run-in with flood water, one reason owner Horst Pfeifer built the kitchen up high and added a... more »
  • Maurepas Swamp WMA reopens after Isaac cleanup

    September 10, 2012 3:06 PM

    MAUREPAS - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has reopened the Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area, which closed before Hurricane Isaac's landfall. The area in Ascension, Livingston, St. James and St. John the Baptist parishes reopened Monday. The Hope Canal boat launch access road remains flooded and... more »
  • Waterways reopening in Ascension, Livingston

    September 10, 2012 1:03 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Parish leaders announced today waterways in Livingston and Ascension parishes closed for Hurricane Isaac will reopen tomorrow. Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks said river levels had lowered enough that it was safe to let boats back on the water. "Please remember to watch your wakes where... more »
  • Isaac cleanup begins in Ascension Parish

    September 10, 2012 10:27 AM

    GONZALES - Hurricane Isaac cleanup begins in Ascension Parish today. Parish officials say contractor DRC begins storm debris pickup Monday, beginning with vegetative debris only on the first collection pass through the parish. An area encompassing all of unincorporated Ascension, the city of Donaldsonville and the town of Sorrento has... more »
  • FEMA opens doors in Livingston Parish check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 7, 2012 4:05 PM

    SATSUMA - FEMA has opened its doors to residents in Livingston Parish today. A disaster relief center to help people apply for federal aid will be open seven days a week in the shopping center just north of the I-12 Satsuma exit from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. People... more »
  • Isaac hits Louisiana crabbers hard

    September 7, 2012 2:37 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Slidell crab processor says his business is suffering because Hurricane Isaac knocked many crabbers out of action. Gary Bauer says sunken boats, damaged docks and a lack of electricity and ice are among the problems crabbers face. An assessment Friday by the state's seafood promotion board... more »
  • Livingston Parish FEMA center opens

    September 7, 2012 11:35 AM

    SATSUMA - People who need help with disaster assistance in Livingston Parish can visit a new FEMA center which opened this morning. The center is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the shopping center just north of the I-12 Satsuma exit. After Saturday, the center will stay... more »
  • Red Cross, food banks asking for donations

    September 7, 2012 11:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Red Cross chapters and food banks across Louisiana have been busy helping people out after Hurricane Isaac, and now they're asking for help as well. FEMA said the organizations are asking for donations to help replenish supplies they've used giving relief to people affected by the... more »
  • FEMA assessment teams in area today

    September 7, 2012 11:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Assessment teams from FEMA are in East Baton Rouge and St. Martin parishes today, looking at damage to see if it qualifies the parish for inidividual federal aid. The teams will survey conditions and damage left behind from Hurricane Isaac, according to FEMA, and present a... more »
  • Post-Isaac seafood meeting held

    September 7, 2012 10:39 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Seafood industry leaders are assessing the effects of Hurricane Isaac. Ewell Smith, director of the state's seafood promotion board, says fishing communities such as Delacroix, Hopedale and Lafitte suffered damage in the storm. Smith said figures on how the storm affected the industry were being compiled Friday.... more »
  • Less chance of Isaac remnant spawning new storm

    September 7, 2012 9:05 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Weather forecasters are reducing the likelihood that a tropical weather system will develop from a remnant of Hurricane Isaac that drifted south and into the Gulf of Mexico. The National Weather Service on Friday reduced the probability of development to 20 percent. It had been 40... more »
  • Food stamp use up in La. before Isaac

    September 7, 2012 8:40 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Department of Agriculture data show that Louisiana had a big increase in food stamp use even before Hurricane Isaac and approval of emergency food stamps. Louisiana tied North Carolina for the nation's biggest increase in food stamp use between May and June, at 1.3 percent.... more »
  • Volunteers making a difference for flood victims check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 6, 2012 6:20 PM

    LAPLACE - It will take weeks for some to clean up the mess left by Hurricane Isaac in St. John Parish, and that massive task has brought dozens of volunteers into the parish to give a helping hand. "Some of these people are busy working, that's why we come... more »
  • Debris cleanup crews add trucks, workers check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 6, 2012 4:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - More trucks hit the streets of East Baton Rouge Parish today with a new system to get as much of Isaac's leftover debris cleaned up as quickly as possible. The Department of Public Works said yesterday that debris cleanup in the parish could take 45 more... more »
  • Fewer than 10,000 without power

    September 6, 2012 3:53 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Entergy Corp. says fewer than 10,000 people in Louisiana still had power outages as of Thursday afternoon. Entergy customers made up more than 700,000 of the more than 900,000 who lost power after Isaac hit the state last week. The corporation said Thursday on its website that... more »
  • Five more parishes approved for FEMA aid

    September 6, 2012 2:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - FEMA approved five more south Louisiana parishes for individual assistance today in the wake of Hurricane Isaac, according to state emergency officials. Residents in Assumption, St. Helena, St. James, Terrebonne and Washington parishes are now eligible for federal assistance to cover uninsured damages from the stormor... more »
  • Remnant of Isaac lurks in Gulf

    September 6, 2012 2:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - If a remnant of Hurricane Isaac becomes a tropical system in the Gulf of Mexico - which forecasters say could happen - it would be a rare event. In 2005, a remnant from a tropical depression that dissipated near Puerto Rico eventually became part of a new... more »
  • Federal tax deadline pushed back because of Isaac

    September 6, 2012 7:19 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Individuals who filed for an extension on their 2011 federal income tax returns will get a little extra time to make their filing, thanks to Hurricane Isaac. The Internal Revenue Service says it will push the deadline for filing extended returns back to Jan. 11, 2013.... more »
  • Hiring an appropriate contractor: tips

    September 6, 2012 1:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Attorney General's Office has a warning for homeowners: be careful about who you hire to make repairs to your home after Isaac. You will want your home repaired as quickly as possible, but it pays to take the time to do some research to ensure you... more »
  • Food stamps distributed in Ascension, Livingston check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 5, 2012 4:41 PM

    ASCENSION PARISH - Beginning today, residents affected by Hurricane Isaac and living in parishes approved for federal aid were able to apply for disaster food stamps. More than 150,000 people pre-applied for the program, called DSNAP. It provides help for eligible households who do not receive regular food stamp... more »
  • EBR debris pickup could take weeks to complete

    September 5, 2012 4:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Leaders in East Baton Rouge Parish expect cleanup from Hurricane Isaac to take another few weeks to complete. David Guillory, interim public works director, said storm debris pickup officially started Monday in the parish in ZIP codes 70815 and 70805. He said they expect it to... more »
  • Debris pickup to start Monday in Ascension Parish

    September 5, 2012 4:21 PM

    GONZALES - Ascension Parish leaders announced storm debris pickup after Hurricane Isaac would start on Monday. Parish engineers asked that people put out "vegetative debris" in front of their homes for pick up first, and put other debris in a separate pile to be picked up later. Debris piles... more »
  • BP says old oil from spill exposed by Isaac

    September 5, 2012 3:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP says Hurricane Isaac's scouring waves exposed deposits of buried tar on the Louisiana coast that were left over from its massive oil spill in 2010. Louisiana officials closed a stretch of beach near Fourchon on Tuesday after scouts said they found large tar mats. BP acknowledged... more »
  • EPA grants 8 states clean gas waiver after Isaac

    September 5, 2012 2:21 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is temporarily waiving clean gas requirements in eight states affected by Hurricane Isaac. Governors requested the waiver because fuel supplies from refineries in the Gulf area were disrupted by Isaac. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson says extreme circumstances could cause a gas shortage. The waiver lets... more »
  • Ricks: Could be a few days before debris removal begins

    September 5, 2012 1:40 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks said today it could take a few more days to complete plans for debris removal after Hurricane Isaac. Ricks told News 2 it's taking some time because the parish is trying to avoid many of the problems they faced after Hurricane Gustav... more »

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