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Tropical Storm Isaac
12:57 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Signs of life return to New Orleans as Isaac moves on

Dawn brought lighter winds and intermittent rain in New Orleans. People in one Uptown neighborhood came out to begin cleaning up and just walk around. Police cars patrolled, but no city or power company crews were evident there early Thursday.

Sixty-seven-year-old Hal Mumford wasn't waiting for city workers to clean up the street outside his house. Feeling cooped up after two nights without power, he raked fallen branches away from a catch basin so water could drain out of the gutters.

Tropical Storm Isaac
12:53 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Lafourche Parish curfew partially lifted

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre says they've lifted the curfew for the northern part of the parish, including all areas between Thibodaux and the Bellevue Bridge to Lockport.

Webre says power has been partially restored in the area and the roads have been cleared significantly.

Tropical Storm Isaac
12:49 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Louisiana boil advisories in response to Isaac

Louisiana's health department calls boil advisories for four more water districts, bringing the total to nine. Until the water is tested and found safe to drink, people there should disinfect water before drinking, cooking, brushing teeth or preparing food with it.

Late Wednesday, it issued boil advisories in West Baton Rouge Waterworks District 2 because a fallen tree broke a water main. The Alton Water System and Crossgates Ben Thomas Road in St. Tammany Parish and the town of Roseland in Tangipahoa Parihs have pressure losses caused by power outages.

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Tropical Storm Isaac
12:46 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Rescue: Go out to show yourself to rescuers

St. John the Baptist Parish officials say boats, helicopters and high-water vehicles are searching for anyone in flooded parts of LaPlace, where water is continuing to rise.

They say anyone who needs rescue should get out where rescuers can see them.

They're also asking people to provide information about addresses, locations and names of people who need rescue in the parish.

St. John remains under a tropical storm warning with 25- to 35-mph winds. Tides will remain at 5 to 8 feet before receding slowly Thursday.

Tropical Storm Isaac
12:42 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Isaac proving to be a very wet storm

Tropical Storm Isaac was picking up a little speed as it trekked north through Louisiana early Thursday.

As its winds diminished — the storm was down to minimal tropical storm status shortly before dawn — forecasters said rain would continue to come down at a brisk clip.

Up to 19 inches was reported in New Orleans, and National Weather Service forecaster Robert Ricks said most areas could expect 10-15 inches of rain.

Ricks said Isaac was proving to be very wet on its east side, and dry on its west.

Tropical Storm Isaac
12:40 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Mississippi River remains closed, quiet

The Coast Guard said vessels along the Mississippi River were weathering Tropical Storm Isaac early Thursday and there were no reports of loose barges.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Tippets said the river remained closed to shipping.

Tropical Storm Isaac
12:32 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Baton Rouge braces for Isaac as it trudges north

Tropical Storm Isaac staggered toward central Louisiana early Thursday, its weakening winds still potent enough to drive storm surge into portions of the coast and the River Parishes between New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

Water was rising late Wednesday in portions of St. Charles and St. John the parishes, where evacuations were ordered as water poured in from Lake Maurepas and Lake Pontchartrain. In neighboring Jefferson Parish, Isaac was pushing water into the fishing village of Jean Lafitte.

Business
12:25 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

La. company has $11.9M beach contract in Va.

A Louisiana company has won an $11.9 million contract as part of a project to add sand to Virginia Beach, Va., for hurricane protection.

A news release from the Pentagon says Weeks Marine Inc., of Covington, was one of four bidders on the project in support of the Virginia Beach Hurricane Protection Beach Re-Nourishment.

Work will be done in Virginia Beach, with an estimated completion date of May 15, 2013.

Tropical Storm Isaac
12:23 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

New Orleans City Hall closed until Tuesday

New Orleans officials say City Hall will be closed until Tuesday because of Tropical Storm Isaac and the Labor Day holiday.

City department heads will contact employees who have been designated to return sooner to help with damage assessments.

OSHA Fine
12:21 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

OSHA cites Eunice plant after blast left one hurt

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Plains Gas Solutions LLC in Eunice following a February explosion and fire that left a worker severely burned.

OSHA Wednesday issued one willful and seven serious violations against the company, which produces liquid natural gas through a cryogenic process. Proposed penalties total $111, 000.

OSHA says cryogenic liquids were improperly routed, as part of a re-starting process, through equipment not rated to withstand extreme cold temperatures. That resulted in the explosion and fire.

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