disaster preparedness

Flood Control
7:00 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Major Construction Set To Begin On Lakefront Pumping Stations

Army Corps of Engineers personnel testing the temporary outflow canal pumps and surge gates in 2009.
Shannon Donner US Army Corps of Engineers

Residents along the Lakefront are being advised to brace themselves for some major construction work. The Army Corps of Engineers is starting work on three permanent canal closures and pumps at 17th Street and Orleans and London Avenues.

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Tropical Storm Karen
5:00 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Mayor Landrieu Says Federal Shutdown Not Affecting Storm Preparations

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says agencies throughout the region are working together in preparation for Tropical Storm Karen. He’s confident emergency preparations are in place.

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Hurricane Season
2:58 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Gov. Jindal Declares State Of Emergency In Preparation For Tropical Storm Karen

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency Thursday after Tropical Storm Karen formed in the Gulf of Mexico and threatened to come ashore over the weekend along the Gulf coast.

The declaration authorizes the state Office and Homeland Security and other state agencies to activate emergency plans for the tropical storm's possible impact on Louisiana parishes.

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Hurricane Season
11:30 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Hurricane Season A Bust? Don't Be So Sure

A satellite image provided by NASA shows Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 30. Forecasters underestimated the intensity of the Atlantic hurricane season last year.
NASA Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 12:55 pm

Back in May, several independent forecast groups predicted an especially active Atlantic hurricane season this year. But with August drawing to a close, we've yet to see a single one.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Coast Guard Releasing Oil Spill Response Plan

The Coast Guard is releasing a plan today, devised with state and parish officials, about how best to respond to an oil spill.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Environmental Groups Seek Stronger Storm Guidelines For Oil And Gas Plants

A coalition of environmental groups is recommending tougher regulations on oil facilities to prevent possible leaks after severe storms. The group looked at damage reports filed after Hurricane Isaac last year.

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Latest News
12:00 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Officials Investigating Train Derailment West Of Baton Rouge

Louisiana officials are investigating a Union Pacific train derailment about 60 miles west of Baton Rouge. About 100 homes have been evacuated.

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9:31 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Preliminary Jefferson Parish FEMA Flood Maps Now Available For Public Comment

A screenshot of the FEMA online map system, highlighting the new preliminary flood maps for Jefferson Parish.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has released new preliminary flood maps for Jefferson Parish, and are asking the public to participate in a 90-day comment period.

Flood maps are created by FEMA, in conjunction with the Army Corps of Engineers and local officials, and are used to calculate flood risk and determine flood insurance rates. The public comment period is an opportunity for residents, renters and business owners to review the maps and comment on them file appeals — the agency will accept public comment until September 30.

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Hurricane Season
7:00 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Army Corps Of Engineers Commander Confident In New 'Risk Reduction' System

New Orleans is facing the 2013 hurricane season behind a $14 billion system designed to protect the region from a 100-year storm.

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4:42 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Plant Explosion Claims Second Life

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 8:22 pm

Thursday’s chemical plant explosion in Geismar, La. has claimed another life. Seven remained hospitalized Friday with burns and respiratory complications.

Williams Companies CEO Alan Armstrong visited with workers and their families Friday. He called the incident a “major” explosion.

“This is a terrible and unprecedented tragedy," Armstrong said. "I’ve talked with a few of our employees and I know they are hurting, however, I’ve also seen and been inspired by their courage.”

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