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Hurricane Isaac
4:50 pm
Sun September 2, 2012

Isaac-delayed casino opens, brings out Baton Rouge gamblers

Thousands of gamblers gathered for the opening of Louisiana's newest riverboat casino — an opening delayed three days by Hurricane Isaac.

The $368 million L'Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge had been scheduled to open Wednesday.

The Advocate reports that Phyllis Reynolds, of Sunshine, got to the casino at 11 a.m., three hours before it opened Saturday.

She says she usually plays the slots at the Belle of Baton Rouge, and gambles every week. She says the new casino is beautiful.

Hurricane Isaac
4:00 am
Sun September 2, 2012

Sonnier: shelters have plenty of formula, diapers

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.

Hurricane Isaac
12:51 am
Sun September 2, 2012

I-10 open each way between N.O., Baton Rouge

Louisiana State Police say Interstate 10 is open to traffic in both directions between New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

Police spokesman Capt. Doug Cain said the highway was fully reopened just before 12 p.m. CDT Saturday. But he said police dispatchers continue to be swamped with calls about the status of the highway.

The Advocate reports that there are still lane restrictions due to flood water on the outer lanes in LaPlace.

Hurricane Isaac
7:36 pm
Sat September 1, 2012

Fear of lock failure spurs St. Tammany evacuation

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.

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Hurricane Isaac
7:35 pm
Sat September 1, 2012

Corps of Engineers Reviewing Storm Surge Model

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.

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Hurricane Isaac
6:37 pm
Sat September 1, 2012

People in four more parishes can seek Isaac aid

The state says homeowners, renters and business owners in Ascension, Lafourche, Livingston and Orleans parishes can now seek federal and state disaster aid for damage from Hurricane Isaac.

The four parishes were added Saturday to five others approved for such individual aid on Friday. The five were Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. John and St. Tammany.

Hurricane Isaac
2:00 pm
Sat September 1, 2012

Entergy: Power Could Be Out Several More Days

Hundreds of utility trucks were staged in New Orleans East, two days after Hurricane Isaac passed through the city.
Erin Krall WWNO

Pressure is mounting on the main power company in the New Orleans region to restore service knocked out by Hurricane Isaac. Relief may take several more days.

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Hurricane Isaac
12:08 pm
Sat September 1, 2012

Property owners can head back to Lafitte

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.

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