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Hurricane Isaac
5:28 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

St. Bernard: No evacuations, no leak

St. Bernard Parish officials say no evacuations have been ordered for residents living along Louisiana Highway 39 near the Mississippi River.

Fire Chief Thomas Stone said Friday that there is no chlorine leak in the area and no tank was found leaking the chemical in the river.

Hurricane Isaac
5:23 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

PSC: 539K without power, about 30 percent of state

The Public Service Commission says 593,000 homes and businesses are without power across Louisiana. That's about 28 percent of state customers.

That's down from 903,000 customers — about 43 percent of the state — Thursday morning, and from 821,000 customers Thursday evening.

Friday figures include about 504,000 Entergy Corp. customers — 144,600 of them in Jefferson Parish and 143,800 in New Orleans — and nearly 33,000 who get power from Cleco Corp.

Hurricane Isaac
5:16 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Waterways open to navigation near Port Fourchon

Port Fourchon and inland waterways around Bayou Lafourche have reopened after the passage of Hurricane Isaac.

The bayou is open to commercial vessels from Leeville to the entrance of Belle Pass.

Authorities are asking vessel captains to use extreme caution because buoys and other navigation aids may have been moved by the force of Isaac's wind and storm surge.

Bayou Lafourche north of Leeville remains closed as does the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway to the east.

Hurricane Isaac
4:58 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Isaac costs to La. government: $66M and rising

Gov. Bobby Jindal says Hurricane Isaac has cost state and local government agencies in Louisiana more than $66 million so far.

The cost is expected to grow.

Jindal said Friday that state agencies have spent more than $56 million on preparation and response efforts — like dollars for shelters, fuel and food and water.

He said parish governments say they've spent at least $10 million, but the governor said that's likely an underestimate because some tallies haven't been updated.

Economy
4:55 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Weekly claims for unemployment insurance rise

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.

Hurricane Isaac
4:52 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Plaquemine ferry returns to service

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.

Hurricane Isaac
4:49 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Flooded communities await Romney visit

Water covered streets in communities along Barataria Bay, where Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was to visit later on Friday.

The flooding, driven by Hurricane Isaac, was receding somewhat after isolating the area as the storm made landfall on Wednesday.

Romney was to visit the Jean Lafitte-Crown Point area along with Republican Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

In Crown Point, police were telling people not to drive because wakes caused by their vehicles were pushing water toward homes.

Hurricane Isaac
4:47 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

La. boil advisories in response to Isaac

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.

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Hurricane Isaac
4:45 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Few state troopers planned to help with LSU game

The superintendent of the Louisiana State Police says there will be few state troopers helping with security and traffic at the LSU football game Saturday.

Col. Mike Edmonson says the state police's priority isn't the LSU game — it's Hurricane Isaac recovery and flood response efforts.

Edmonson says the state police normally stations 50 to 80 troopers at an LSU game. He says it'll be a far smaller group, about 15 troopers, for the No. 3 Tigers game against North Texas in Tiger Stadium on Saturday night.

Hurricane Isaac
4:42 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Drivers hunt for gas as power remains spotty

Drivers patrolled streets looking for gas and faced long waits at stations that had power to pump Friday in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac.

Some stations were out of gas, but at others clerks said they had gas but no power to pump it.

At the Magnolia Discount Gas Station in New Orleans' Carrollton neighborhood, employee Gadeaon Fentessa said up to 50 drivers an hour were pulling in, hopeful they could pump. He had the gas, but no power.

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