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
4:06 am
Sat September 8, 2012

Wildlife management areas reopen Saturday

The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is reopening three wildlife management areas that were closed in advance of Hurricane Isaac's landfall.

Officials say Joyce, Manchac and a portion of Pearl River will reopen Saturday. Due to flood water preventing full site access, only that part of Pearl River WMA south of I-10 will be opened, until further notice.

Additionally, the Swamp Walk on Joyce WMA will remain closed until further notice.

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Hurricane Isaac
4:05 am
Sat September 8, 2012

Cox donates $100,000 for Isaac relief

Cox Enterprises and the James M. Cox Foundation say they will donate $100,000 to the American Red Cross to help in relief efforts in areas affected by Hurricane Isaac.

Cox Enterprises' cable television subsidiary, Cox Communications, is a major provider of service in south Louisiana.

Hurricane Isaac
7:08 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Iberville, St. Mary parishes approved for FEMA aid

FEMA has added Iberville and St. Mary parishes to the list of Louisiana parishes approved for individual assistance grants after Hurricane Isaac.

State emergency officials announced the addition Friday.

Eighteen parishes are now included in the program that allows residents and business owners to apply for grants for temporary housing and home repairs, and to cover uninsured property losses from the storm. More than 10,000 people have been approved for $23 million in aid so far, according to FEMA.

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Andre Perry Commentary
5:06 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

The Plight of the Powerless

Although Hurricane Isaac blew out electricity for the entire New Orleans metro area, do we collectively understand what it means to be powerless? For too many residents, neither Isaac nor Entergy will prevent electricity from returning; powerlessness will. The silver lining to our temporary blackout should be that it illuminated our awareness to the day-to-day conditions of the poor in New Orleans. 

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Hurricane Isaac
2:56 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Dead whale found on Fourchon beach

The Louisiana governor's top coastal adviser says a dead whale has been reported washed ashore on Fourchon beach.

Garrett Graves said Friday the state was sending workers to examine the whale, which washed up southwest of New Orleans.

The size and species of the whale was not yet known. Graves said the whale was found in an area where tar balls and mats of weathered oil have been washing ashore from waters churned by Hurricane Isaac, resulting in the closure of a small portion of coastal waters to commercial fishing.

Hurricane Isaac
12:47 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Less chance of Isaac remnant spawning new storm

Weather forecasters are reducing the likelihood that a tropical weather system will develop from a remnant of Hurricane Isaac that drifted south and into the Gulf of Mexico.

The National Weather Service on Friday reduced the probability of development to 20 percent. It had been 40 percent on Thursday.

The area of low pressure was described by forecasters as a small part of the Isaac circulation system that dissipated over Ohio. Earlier this week, a weather service meteorologist dubbed it the "spawn of Isaac."

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Hurricane Isaac
12:37 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

City of New Orleans train returning to New Orleans Monday

Amtrak says the City of New Orleans passenger train will pull into its namesake city on Monday — the first time since Aug. 27, when service was suspended because of Hurricane Isaac.

It says daily service from Chicago will start and end in Memphis through Sunday. trains will start and end in New Orleans on Monday, when service on the route in Mississippi also will resume.

Passengers who already had bought tickets for the suspended trains can get a refund or a voucher for future travel.

Food Stamps
12:21 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Food stamp use up sharply in Louisiana, even before Isaac

U.S. Department of Agriculture data show that Louisiana had a big increase in food stamp use even before Hurricane Isaac and approval of emergency food stamps.

The Times-Picayune reports that Louisiana tied North Carolina for the nation's biggest increase in food stamp use between May and June, at 1.3 percent.

Officials with the Louisiana Department of Children and Families said last month that the growth of the food stamp program in Louisiana has been only about half the national increase. Between May and June, the national increase was 0.4 percent.

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Hurricane Isaac
10:34 am
Fri September 7, 2012

State closes last medical shelter after Isaac

The state's last medical special needs shelter, opened before Hurricane Isaac, has been closed.

State officials say the shelter at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans closed Wednesday, after the shelter's final patient was discharged.

During the height of Isaac, Louisiana operated five special needs shelters at LSU in Baton Rouge and Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, in Alexandria and Bossier and at the Morial Convention Center.

Hurricane Isaac
10:13 am
Fri September 7, 2012

$3.6M grant will fund cleanup hiring

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded a $3.6 million grant to the Louisiana Workforce Commission that will fund temporary jobs for cleanup efforts following Hurricane Isaac.

The grant, announced Thursday, will affect hiring in Ascension, Assumption, East Feliciana, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Point Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge and, West Feliciana parishes.

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