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
7:52 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Isaac cleanup begins in Ascension Parish

Hurricane Isaac cleanup has begun in Ascension Parish.

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 been broken up into five zones to organize debris removal following Hurricane Isaac.

Official say crews will work from the edges of those zones toward the center of the parish.

Hurricane Isaac
3:01 pm
Sun September 9, 2012

Center opens to help business recovery

A business recovery center to help companies deal with the impact of Hurricane Isaac has been set up in Jefferson Parish.

The center is a joint venture of the Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission, the U.S. Small Business Administration, Louisiana Economic Development and the Louisiana Small Business Development Centers. It is operating at JEDCO's facility in Avondale.

The center will provide a range of services and counseling.

A full list of services is available online at www.jedco.org.

Hurricane Isaac
12:11 pm
Sun September 9, 2012

NOMA plans to reopen Tuesday

The New Orleans Museum of Art expects to reopen on Tuesday after a clean-up necessitated by Hurricane Isaac.

Museum director Susan Taylor tells The Times-Picayune that water seeped into the museum's administrative offices. However, except for the swampy basement, the museum suffered minimal damage from Isaac.

Some rain intruded through the sills of the plate glass windows around the café area and an ornamental plaster truss in the museum's atrium was dampened by a leak.

Taylor said no artwork was affected.

Hurricane Isaac
12:06 pm
Sun September 9, 2012

Isaac delays opening of Raceland market

The opening of the Lafourche Central Market, which had been delayed by Hurricane Isaac, has been rescheduled for Sept. 15.

The Daily Comet reports the market is an open-air pavilion equipped with about 30 booths for local farmers and fishermen to sell their wares.

The market is on Louisiana Highway 1 in Raceland.

More details about the market are available by calling Brandi LeCompte at 985-438-1231.

Hurricane Isaac
12:01 pm
Sun September 9, 2012

Biologists study Isaac's impact on deer

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists are assessing the impact of Hurricane Isaac on deer populations in parishes flooded by the storm.

Biologists say flooding killed some deer. Aerial, waterborne and ground surveys of the storm's overall impact on deer will continue through September.

Data collected will be used to develop recommendations for possible changes to the upcoming deer season. Such proposals would be presented to the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission for consideration at its Oct. 4 meeting.

Hurricane Isaac
11:34 am
Sun September 9, 2012

More parishes added to Isaac aid program

Workers and self-employed individuals in Iberville and St. Mary parishes have been approved to receive disaster unemployment because of Hurricane Isaac.

Officials of the Louisiana Workforce Commission said the following parishes are now eligible for the program.

— Assumption, Iberville, St Helena, St James, St. Mary, Terrebonne and Washington, deadline to file Oct. 8.

— St. Charles and Tangipahoa, deadline to file Oct. 5.

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Hurricane Isaac
4:31 am
Sun September 9, 2012

All bridges operating at Port of New Orleans

Authorities of the Port of New Orleans say all bridges operated in the harbor have returned to service following Hurricane Isaac.

Some phone communication problems were reported at the Florida Avenue Bridge over the Industrial Canal and vessel captains were asked to contact the bridge tender by radio.

Hurricane Isaac
6:12 pm
Sat September 8, 2012

Water pumping continues in Plaquemines

Efforts to pump water out of low-lying areas of Plaquemines Parish continued Saturday and officials said they expected to have state Highway 23 clear enough for cars to pass by Monday.

Plaquemines was among the parishes hit by severe flooding when Hurricane Isaac struck more than a week ago.

Full-size trucks were able to traverse the highway Saturday, according to a parish news release. Cars were escorted in convoys on the nearby Mississippi River levee.

Lafourche Parish
4:31 am
Sat September 8, 2012

Garbage trucks at work in Lafourche

Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolph says contractor IESI/SWDI will work through the weekend to collect garbage.

Crews have been attempting to resume normal collection routes but have had difficulty with the high volume of garbage in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac, she said.

Additional trucks are being brought in and normal garbage pickup routes are expected to resume on Monday.

Oyster Season
4:11 am
Sat September 8, 2012

State reopens more oyster beds

State health officials are reopening some of the oyster beds closed as a precaution before Hurricane Isaac struck Louisiana.

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals says oyster harvesting areas 19, 21 and 23, which are located in coastal areas of Terrebonne Parish, will reopen half an hour before sunrise on Saturday.

Oyster harvesting areas 1-28 were closed on Aug. 28. Last week, the state reopened areas 26, 27 and 28, which are located along the coastal areas of Vermillion and St. Mary parishes.

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