Hurricane Isaac

The latest breaking news and information on the continuing response to Hurricane Isaac. Stay tuned to 89.9 WWNO and WWNO.org for updates.

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Tangipahoa Parish
12:59 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Tangipahoa adds school day because of Isaac

Tangipahoa Parish public schools students will see a day added to the school year to make up days missed because of Hurricane Isaac.

The Daily Star reports the School Board voted this past week to extend the school year through May 24. The last day for teachers will not change, Superintendent Mark Kolwe said.

Pecan Harvest
12:42 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Isaac blamed for reduced pecan crop

The LSU AgCenter estimates Hurricane Isaac has cut Louisiana's pecan harvest by 15 percent.

Charlie Graham, professor for fruit and nut crops, says that would bring the total to just over 11 million pounds — down from pre-storm estimates of 13 million to 13.5 million pounds. It still would be up from last year's 9 million pounds.

Graham says prices are likely to be similar to 2011 levels.

Last November, farm prices ran from $1.25 to $3.50 a pound, with most varieties starting above $2.

Pass Manchac Lighthouse
12:05 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Isaac knocks over Tangipahoa lighthouse

A 175-year-old lighthouse that stood at Pass Manchac was knocked over by Hurricane Isaac's strong surge.

WWL-TV reports that the landmark in Tangipahoa Parish now lies crumbled in the water. The Pass Manchac Lighthouse was erected at a pass connecting lakes Maurepas and Pontchartrain.

Al Dranguet, a professor of history at Southeastern Louisiana University, said the lighthouse was a beacon of safety for many generations.

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Flood Protection
11:54 am
Mon September 24, 2012

St. John urges corps on levee plan

In the wake of major flooding during Hurricane Isaac, the St. John the Baptist Parish president is asking the Army Corps of Engineers to speed up plans for levees.

The Times-Picayune reports that Natalie Robottom has asked the corps to fast-track a decision on an alignment for a hurricane levee to protect the east banks of St. John and St. James parishes.

She recently went to Washington to make the parish's case.

Hurricane Isaac
11:21 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Hammond rethinking disaster workday policy

Mayor Mayson Foster says he has submitted a proposal for review by the city's fire and police unions, City Council members and department heads that could lead to revamping procedures for giving city employees time off at times of natural disasters.

The Advocate reports Councilman Lemar Marshall asked at the council's meeting earlier this week why city employees were required to come to work during the approach and landfall of Hurricane Isaac, which struck on the night of Aug. 28.

City Budget
8:54 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Isaac delays Landrieu's budget presentation

Hurricane Isaac has caused a delay in New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's annual presentation of a proposed city budget.

The mayor's office said Thursday that Landrieu has signed an executive order allowing for a budget presentation two weeks later than the administration has done in the previous two years.

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Hurricane Isaac
2:21 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Disaster food aid sites to open in Felicianas

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 St. Francisville, each day, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunset Point Pier
10:42 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Mandeville pier damaged by Isaac

Officials say repairs to the Mandeville fishing pier, which was damaged by Hurricane Isaac, will take about three months to complete and could cost around $200,000.

Public Works Director David deGeneres tells The Times-Picayune the popular 400-foot pier at Sunset Point on the city's lakefront will remain closed until the repairs are complete.

City officials are hoping that the Federal Emergency Management Agency will help pay for the repairs. If federal money is made available, officials say the city would have to pay only 25 percent of the repair costs.

Alligator Hunting
9:53 am
Wed September 19, 2012

State extends east zone alligator season

State wildlife and fisheries officials have extended the East Zone wild alligator harvest season through Oct. 4.

Robert Barham, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, approved the extension Tuesday.

The scheduled opening of the East Zone season was delayed from Aug. 29 until Sept. 1 due to the approach of Tropical Storm Isaac, which reached hurricane strength before landfall. Resulting flooding and displacement of residents prompted the extension.

Stolthaven Fine
9:39 am
Wed September 19, 2012

DEQ fines company over leaks in Isaac

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 company that operates a chemical terminal along the Mississippi River in Plaquemines Parish.

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