The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development resumed toll operations on the La. 1 Expressway in Leeville this morning at 10 a.m.
DOTD is conducting manual toll collections, and automated tolls will be collected by Geaux Pass toll tags. The in-lane cash and charge machine was severely damaged when a large truck struck it last month, but DOTD expects to have a replacement installed sometime this fall.
About 11,000 St. John the Baptist Parish residents have asked FEMA to inspect their homes for flood damage from Hurricane Isaac.
Michael Byrne, a manager with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said Monday $13 million has been approved for residents affected by the flood as part of $45 million in aid approved statewide. Byrne says about 6,500 inspections have been completed.
Parish President Natalie Robottom tells The Times-Picayune she will ask the Parish Council Tuesday night to allow campers and mobile homes to be placed in front of homes under repair.
A marsh management levee that is expected to become part of Terrebonne Parish's Morganza hurricane protection system was severely damaged during Hurricane Isaac.
The Courier reports the storm's tidal surge destroyed one of the levee's water control structures, washing it away and leaving behind a 50-foot gap.
Terrebonne Levee Director Reggie Dupre said the levee, which crosses open water in the Wildlife and Fisheries' Pointe-aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area in Montegut, has caused repeated headaches for the levee district.
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 says crab harvests suffered significant disruption due to Isaac. Disruption for shrimp and finfish was described as moderate while oyster production will be limited until October.
The state Department of Health and Hospitals has reopened some of the oyster beds that were closed Aug. 28 as a precautionary measure in advance of Hurricane Isaac.
Oyster harvesting areas located in coastal areas of St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Jefferson and Lafourche parishes reopen Monday.
Some harvest areas in those parishes will remain closed, however, until health officials determine the waters are clear and within approved area criteria established by the National Shellfish Sanitation Program, which is part of the federal Food and Drug Administration.