The traditional barbecues of the Labor Day holiday have been replaced in many communities of southeast Louisiana with debris removal and damage assessments, as parishes continue to dig out from Hurricane Isaac's destruction.
More than 125,000 homes and businesses across Louisiana remained without power Monday, and a few thousand evacuees were still in shelters, as waterways bulging with Isaac's rain and storm surge continued to threaten a few areas.
St. Tammany Parish public schools are opening Tuesday, after principals inspected the schools and maintenance workers spent the holiday weekend repairing minor damage on campuses.
That was the word from Superintendent W.L. "Trey" Folse III, who said in a news release that only one school in the parish north of Lake Pontcharrain had serious damage from Hurricane Isaac. The storm pushed water in St. Tammany Junior High, but the school will reopen on Tuesday.
Residents of nine Louisiana parishes with heavy damage from Hurricane Isaac have been approved by FEMA to apply for grants for temporary housing and home repairs, and to cover uninsured property losses from the storm.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency says the individual assistance is available to homeowners, renters and business owners in Ascension, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. John the Baptist and St. Tammany parishes.
Xavier University will resume normal operations Tuesday after Hurricane Isaac forced it to close for a week.
The school said in a statement released Monday morning that power had been restored across the campus and maintenance crews continued to work to get the campus ready for students, faculty and staff.
All classes will resume as usual Tuesday. Students who need to register for the fall semester can do so Tuesday through close of business Thursday in the University Center Grand Ball Room, on the third floor.
Louisiana Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu will be joining President Obama when he arrives in New Orleans on Labor Day to review the region's recovery from Hurricane Isaac. Landrieu says she’ll be pressing him for more support of offshore revenue sharing.