LSU AgCenter economist Kurt Guidry says good weather over the next several weeks could do a lot to reduce a preliminary estimate of $100 million in crop damage from Hurricane Isaac.
He says the preliminary figure is less than damage from last year's drought.
Some farmers lost all of some crops. Guidry says about 250 acres of vegetables were reported as a total loss, and losses were high on another 50 acres or so. But 7,000 to 8,000 acres of vegetables were unharmed.
The Army Corps of Engineers is back on trial, seven years after Hurricane Katrina's storm surge shredded New Orleans' flood protection system.
Starting Wednesday, a federal judge will hear testimony in a lawsuit by several homeowners who claim negligence by the corps and a contractor caused the failure of floodwalls protecting the Lower 9th Ward and neighboring St. Bernard Parish.
The corps says rain and storm surge overtopped floodwalls along the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal.
He survived Hurricane Katrina and numerous tropical torments large and small.
But Isaac proved too much for Metairie’s Big Man statue, knocking him from the perch he’s occupied for more than 35 years near the corner of Clearview Parkway and West Napoleon Avenue, breaking off his head and one arm.
The two-story fiberglass “muffler man” has served as a landmark and company mascot for Clearview Auto Title & Notary since 1975, when business owner Sal Mortillaro purchased him for $400 from a New Orleans Midas Muffler shop.
The St. Tammany Parish Council has approved a zoning change to allow a waste transfer station to be built on land along Interstate 12 just east of Bayou Lacombe.
The council's decision Monday night to change the zoning clears the way for IESI to build the station and to do so with the blessing of the Concerned Citizens of Lacombe. The group had been involved in a lawsuit against the parish and IESI to keep the station from being placed at the intersection of I-12 and Louisiana 434.
The New Orleans Business Alliance is receiving a $1 million Economic Development Administration grant to help fund the development and implementation of a strategic plan to boost business and job growth in the city.
The grant was announced Monday by acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank.
The Advocate reports the grant will be used by the Alliance to identify ways to support existing businesses and attract new ones to the region and to develop a strategic five-year economic development plan for the city of New Orleans.