Officials say thousands of flood insurance claims are being filed in the wake of Hurricane Isaac, a slow-moving storm that brought drenching rain and tropical-storm force winds to parishes that don't typically experience flooding.
Commissioner of Insurance James Donelon said Tuesday only 31 percent of Louisiana residents have flood insurance but three parishes — St. Tammany, Plaquemines and St. John the Baptist — experienced an unusual amount of flooding after Isaac straddled the region for days, swamping homes with water up to four feet deep in some areas.
St. Charles Parish has been added to the list of Louisiana parishes with heavy damage from Hurricane Isaac approved by FEMA for individual assistance grants.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's office announced the addition Tuesday.
FEMA's approval of St. Charles Parish brings the number of parishes to 10 where residents and business owners can apply for grants for temporary housing and home repairs, and to cover uninsured property losses from the storm.
Hornbeck Offshore Services Inc. will spend $180 million to build four vessels in anticipation of increased demand for oilfield supply vessels in the Gulf of Mexico and Latin America.
New Orleans CityBusiness reported Tuesday that the Covington-based company plans to exercise the first four of 48 options to build the supply vessels, which will be delivered in late 2014 and early 2015.
The plans are part of a building program the company launched in November. Hornbeck already has 16 new vessels under construction at U.S. shipyards.
A $258 million judgment against health products maker Johnson & Johnson has been upheld by a state appeals court.
A three-judge panel of the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal upheld a St. Landry Parish jury's decision that the company owed the money to the state for defrauding the Medicaid program, by misleading Louisiana doctors about the possible side effects of one of its anti-psychotic medications.
Port of New Orleans President Gary LaGrange has been selected to receive the C. Alvin Bertel Award.
The presentation by the World Trade Center of New Orleans will take place during a luncheon Sept. 26 at the Westin Canal Place Hotel. The award is presented annually in recognition of outstanding contributions to ports in the New Orleans area.
More information on the award luncheon is available by calling 504-619-9834.
State emergency officials say at least 13,000 homes in Louisiana were damaged by Hurricane Isaac.
The numbers are the first official damage estimates from the storm, which struck a week ago.
Christina Stephens, spokeswoman for the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, says the figures are "very preliminary," based on an initial assessment of communities with flooding and wind damage.
Louisiana Tech University President Daniel Reneau says he will retire at the end of June 2013.
He's been with the university 50 years as a student and educator, and served 26 years as president — the longest anyone has held the job.
Reneau announced his plans Tuesday during the university's fall faculty and staff meeting. He says he will continue to support Tech in a number of ways, including setting up an advisory and advocacy "think tank" within the Louisiana Tech University Foundation.
State transportation officials say Louisiana Highway 1 is open during daylight hours south to Grand Isle.
The Courier reports a segment of the highway south of Port Fourchon is closed from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. nightly until further notice while crews repair a section of road damaged by Hurricane Isaac.
State police said residents and visitors to Grand Isle who don't want to be trapped on the island should leave before 6 p.m. nightly. Once the highway is closed, no vehicles will be allowed on Louisiana Highway 1 from Grand Isle to Fourchon.