The Mississippi River has reopened to shipping from Baton Rouge to its mouth after being closed on Monday as Hurricane Isaac approached.
The Coast Guard was limiting some traffic as a backlog of vessels —including a cruise ship — waited to enter the river about 90 miles southeast of New Orleans.
Authorities said barges had been stranded on the river bank in places because of Isaac's storm surge, which plowed up the river and effectively caused the Mississippi to flow backward until winds shifted to the north and pushed water back into the Gulf of Mexico.
First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Aug. 25, increased from the previous week's total.
The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims increased to 2,956 from the previous week's total of 2,835. Initial claims were below the comparable week a year earlier at 3,648.
The four-week moving average, which is a less volatile measure of claims, decreased to 2,055 from the previous week's total of 2,963.
The state Department of Transportation and Development says the Plaquemine/Sunshine ferry landing has returned to service.
The ferry was closed Tuesday afternoon due to deteriorating weather conditions caused by Hurricane Isaac. The operating hours for the Plaquemine/Sunshine ferry landing are 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days per week.
The two remaining landings, White Castle and Edgard/Reserve, will remain closed until further notice.
The state health department has issued boil advisories for 320 water systems in 28 parishes around Louisiana.
They range from parish and municipal systems to apartment complexes, truck stops, trailer parks, industrial plants and individual bars and restaurants. Some of those include Magoo's Bar in Ascension Parish and Gators Den Cajun Cafe in St. John the Baptist Parish. Em's Blue Diner is among 166 systems listed in St. Tammany Parish.