Hurricane Isaac

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


2:00 pm
Sun September 16, 2012

Isaac causes spike in initial jobless claims

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 September 2008, resulting in 10,264 first-time claims filed the week ending Sept. 27, 2008.

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1:39 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

DEQ probes chemical leaks at Isaac-hit facility

State officials are investigating how many chemicals leaked from storage tanks at a facility flooded by Hurricane Isaac with about 10 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 protected by levees overtopped by floodwaters.

The facility is owned by Stolt-Nielsen Ltd., a Norwegian company that ships bulk liquid chemicals, vegetable oils and other chemicals around the world.

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1:36 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Citizens receives over 13,000 claims from Isaac

Louisiana's property insurer of last resort says Hurricane Isaac has resulted in over 13,000 claims and they expect more to come.

Vice President and Chief Claims Officer of Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp. Quin Netzel said Thursday most claims average a little over $5,000. He said they're expecting between 15,000 and 17,000 claims as a result of Isaac and so far 36 percent of received claims have been inspected, while 4 percent of claims have been closed.

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9:30 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Love NOLA: Lagniappe for our servers and small business owners

Brett Will Taylor
Jason Kruppa

I usually use this space to tell a story, to share a moment, about this city all of us love. Today, I want to use it to make a request, to ask a favor.

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6:00 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Stolthaven Chemical Plant May Have Leaked 191,000 Gallons During Hurricane Isaac

Storm-damaged storage tanks at the Stolthaven chemical plant.
Gulf Restoration Network

The state Department of Environmental Quality is checking a report that as much as 191,000 gallons of toxic material may have been released during Hurricane Isaac from the Stolthaven chemical facility in Braithwaite. The company made the estimate to the Coast Guard’s National Response Center.

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Food Stamps
3:46 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Angry over denial for disaster aid, man pulls gun

A man who allegedly got a fully loaded AR-15 assault rifle from his car 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 after being denied Tuesday evening. Officers saw him get something out of his car. State troopers, sheriff's deputies and national guard troops quickly surrounded, subdued and disarmed the man.

Trooper Melissa Matey says that investigators also found a handgun and many loaded magazines of ammunition.

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Food Stamps
3:40 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Disaster food stamp sites open through Saturday

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has agreed to keep disaster food stamp sites in Orleans and Jefferson Parish open until Saturday.

Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services Secretary Suzy Sonnier said that for the extension period, both sites would again utilize the alphabet system.

The schedule for UNO and the Alario Center is:

Friday, A through M

Saturday, N through Z

St. James Parish Schools
1:26 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Isaac damage reported to St. James schools

Officials say Hurricane Isaac caused no catastrophic damage to St. James Parish public schools, but the district needs to spend $500,000 to $750,000 for storm repairs.

Jim Mitchell, administrative director of business services for the district, told school board members Wednesday the Federal Emergency Management Agency would reimburse the district for at least 75 percent of eligible costs because the parish has been declared a disaster zone.

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12:14 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Assumption wildlife refuge reopens after Isaac

Elm Hall, a state wildlife refuge about 5 miles west of Napoleonville in Assumption Parish, opens again after it was closed because of Hurricane Isaac.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says the refuge was reopened to the public on Wednesday.

Elm Hall is a 2,839-acre area that is accessible only by boat. The refuge sits on the northeast corner of Lake Verret.

Meanwhile Elmer's Island, a public beach facing the Gulf of Mexico in Jefferson Parish, remains closed after Isaac's surge exposed buried tar mats.

Public Service Commission
12:06 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Utilities Commission to conduct outages hearing

The state's public utilities commission has decided to conduct an investigative hearing on the power outages that plagued Louisiana for days after Hurricane Isaac lashed the state with wind-driven rains.

Commissioner Eric Skrmetta said Wednesday it was the duty of the Public Service Commission to ask hard questions of the utility companies after more than 900,000 residents were left without electricity.

He said the utility companies performed well at restoring power to consumers once the storm had abated but he had questions about their pre-storm response.