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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Hurricane Isaac
4:04 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Pearl River WMA fully reopened after Isaac cleanup

All of the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area in St. Tammany Parish is now open but access via Old Highway 11 will remain closed until Thursday because of flooding and damage from Hurricane Isaac.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reopened areas north of Interstate 10 on Tuesday.

It had reopened areas south of I-10 earlier.

The department says it is repairing Old Highway 11.

Elm Hall in Assumption Parish and Elmer's Island in Jefferson Parish remain closed because of debris removal and storm damage affecting vehicle access.

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Hurricane Isaac
4:46 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Maurepas Swamp WMA reopens after Isaac cleanup

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.

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La. 1 Tolls
4:12 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Tolls resume on La. 1

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.

Hurricane Isaac
10:04 am
Tue September 11, 2012

11,000 in St. John seek FEMA help

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.

Hurricane Isaac
3:39 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Levee delivers more headaches in Terrebonne

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.

Hurricane Isaac
3:29 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Hurricane-resistant home survives Isaac

Representatives of OceanSafe say the hurricane-resistant model home built in New Orleans as a demonstration project survived Hurricane Isaac undamaged.

The home, as well as several other company-built structures around the New Orleans area, took no damage from the hurricane's winds and heavy rain.

The company built a steel-paneled demonstration home earlier this year using materials and technology designed to withstand hurricanes and earthquakes.

Hurricane Isaac
2:46 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Isaac leaves behind dead fish in bayous

Thousands of dead fish are littering bayous in Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes, casualties of oxygen depletion caused by Hurricane Isaac.

The Courier reports the kills, common after hurricanes disturb organic matter in local waterways, are not expected to pose a threat to drinking water supplies.

Out to Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

The Good Side of the Hurricane

Robert Fogarty, Peter Ricchiuti, Blake Haney and Pike Barkerding.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

Living on the brink of annual annihilation has bred a number of fascinating businesses founded by exceptional people who are inspired by the spirit of our city.

Hurricane Isaac
12:38 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Isaac hits Louisiana crabbers hard

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.

Hurricane Isaac
9:18 am
Mon September 10, 2012

State reopens oyster beds

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.

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