The secretary of Louisiana's Children and Family Services Department says state shelters for Hurricane Isaac evacuees have plenty of diapers, milk and baby formula available for those who need it.
Suzy Sonnier said Saturday the department has taken steps to help evacuees with small children, not only with supplies but with structured activities for youngsters.
Some evacuees have complained about cleanliness at an Alexandria shelter but Sonnier said she has received no complaints, adding that the state has contracted with janitorial services to help keep the shelters clean.
A spokeswoman for St. Tammany Parish said parish officials were working to relieve pressure on a lock in danger of failing and flooding hundreds of rural homes near a canal that branches off the Pearl River
An evacuation was ordered Saturday evening for part of rural St. Tammany because authorities feared Lock 2 on the Pearl River Diversion Canal was in danger of failing.
The order affects several hundred to as many as 2,000 people. Area waterways are swollen because of heavy rains from Hurricane Isaac.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is checking if its new levee system built around New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina put other communities at greater risk. Some residents say they’re suffering unprecedented flooding after Hurricane Isaac.
Jefferson Parish officials say property owners are being allowed back into the low-lying town of Lafitte, one of the areas that was flooded as Hurricane Isaac crawled across the state earlier this week.