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Hurricane Isaac
4:56 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Entergy Nuclear shuts Waterford 3 plant, continues to monitor conditions

Officials at Louisiana’s nuclear power plants are monitoring the progress of now-Tropical Storm Isaac, but say there have been no problems thus far.

Mike Bowling, spokesman for Entergy Nuclear, says the Waterford 3 plant, located in Killona, La. came offline at 5 p.m. yesterday, and has a core team of about 100 employees remaining on site.

The River Bend plant, located in St. Francisville, remains 100% operational, with a sequestered team on site as well.

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Hurricane Isaac
4:51 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Entergy: 450,000 customers without power

Entergy says Hurricane Isaac has knocked out power to more than 450,000 residential and commercial in southeast Louisiana.

The company's website indicates that those included more than 150,000 in New Orleans, about 160,000 in Jefferson Parish, some 15,700 in St. Bernard, about 10,800 in Plaquemines, 27,300 in Lafourche, 16,000 in St. Charles, 16,700 in St. John the Baptist and 17,700 in Terrebonne Parish.

Officials say crews are not able to start repairs until winds drop below 30 or 35 mph, which is likely to be Thursday at the earliest.

Hurricane Isaac
4:33 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

LaPlace without water

Officials have shut off water to LaPlace after concerns that water from Lake Pontchartrain could contaminate the water system.

WWL-TV reports Garyville and Mount Airy as well as the westbank of St. John the Baptist Parish.

Parish President Natalie Robottom says the shut off is a preventive measure to prevent contamination.

When the water levels in the lake go down, which Robottom said is anticipated once the wind changes, the supply will be turned back on.

He says 95 percent of St. John residents are without power.

Hurricane Isaac
4:31 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Power out, some streets flooded in Jefferson

Jefferson Parish officials say winds from Hurricane Isaac have downed power lines and trees in the New Orleans suburb and heavy rainfall has caused minor street flooding.

Spokeswoman Kriss Fortunato said no injuries had been reported.

Power provider Entergy Corp. said about 164,000 customers were without power early Wednesday.

Grand Isle, the barrier island at Jefferson's extreme southern tip, was hit hard by the storm as it wobbled ashore overnight.

Heavier damage was expect there although most residents evacuated ahead of the storm.

Hurricane Isaac
4:28 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Tangipahoa council seeks pact for debris removal

The Tangipahoa Parish Council authorized Parish President Gordon Burgess to seek agreements with parish municipalities to remove Hurricane Isaac debris as needed.

Melissa Cowart, who works in Burgess's office, told The Advocate DRC Emergency Services will be retained to offer storm debris removal services in both incorporated and unincorporated areas through December 2013.

Cowart says Amite was the only municipality that did not join in the cooperative debris removal effort.

Hurricane Isaac
4:24 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Isaac: early departure for NSU road games

Athletics director Greg Burke says Northwestern State's four fall sports teams will leave Natchitoches (NAK-uh-tesh) early for weekend games to avoid possible risks from Hurricane Isaac's unpredictable path.

The university will be closed Wednesday through Friday as a precaution. Burke says the football, volleyball, women's soccer and cross-country teams all will leave on Wednesday, a day earlier than planned.

The football and volleyball teams play at Texas Tech in Lubbock, and the other two teams will be in Tulsa.

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Hurricane Isaac
4:22 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Isaac delays distribution of sinkhole checks

Weekly housing assistance checks for residents evacuated because of a large sinkhole in Assumption Parish will not be distributed Thursday as previously scheduled.

Hurricane Isaac hit land Tuesday night in Plaquemines Parish and the uncertainty of its aftermath led officials with Texas Brine Co. LLC of Houston to postpone the check distribution. Affected residents receive $875 each week as compensation for the inconvenience.

Isaac is expected to bring with it 50 to 70 mph winds with gusts of 85 mph on Wednesday to the parish, which is under a mandatory evacuation order.

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Hurricane Isaac
4:15 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Man with long arrest record accused of looting in Golden Meadow

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre says a 32-year-old Golden Meadow man with a long arrest record is accused of looting.

He says deputies got a clear description of a man seen breaking into a vehicle and trying to break into a house in Golden Meadow, and went looking for Jeremy Rogers.

They found him Tuesday in a truck outside a store in Galliano. He got out and ran. Webre says he was arrested in Cut Off.

Hurricane Isaac
4:13 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Wildlife refuge closed in Cameron

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has closed Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge in Cameron Parish because of Hurricane Isaac.

The closure brings to 27 the number of state wildlife management areas and refuges closed until further notice.

Hurricane Isaac
4:09 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Disaster fund activated for Isaac

United Ways of the Gulf Coast says it has activated the United Way Gulf Coast Disaster Fund.

A spokeswoman said money from the fund will be allocated to groups dealing with the economic, cultural, psychological or emotional) impact of Hurricane Isaac.

The fund was set up to meet community needs after the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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