Hurricane Isaac

Latest News
1:26 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

New Orleans Likely to Cap Emergency Overtime Pay

The New Orleans Civil Service Commission is considering new rules that would limit extra pay for city officials during hurricanes and other emergencies. It's a move that comes after a dozen of Mayor Mitch Landrieu's top lieutenants accrued more than $10,000 apiece in emergency bonuses during Hurricane Isaac.

Robert Hagmann, personnel administrator for the Department of Civil Service, made a preliminary recommendation to the commission on Monday to eliminate overtime pay for city officials earning more than $100,000 a year.

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Farmers Market Minute
9:45 am
Sat October 27, 2012

Fragility Of Citrus

In late October, there are many reasons for which to be grateful. Among them, there is the arrival of Louisiana satsumas.

This year, their arrival is bittersweet. By this, I am not referring to their taste. If anything, this might be the sweetest October crop I can remember. However, there will be far fewer Louisiana citrus products on offer at markets, roadside stands and stores than in previous years. Yes, Isaac did a number on our Plaquemines Parish citrus farmers.

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Food
4:24 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Where Y'Eat: Where an Andouille Tradition Endures

Three different iterations of andouille in the River Parishes.
Ian McNulty

Despite a devastating flood, an autumn tradition for andouille sausage is still smoking in the River Parishes.

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Environment
3:29 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Isaac's flooding killed many fawns in Southeast Louisiana

Hurricane Isaac killed so many fawns in parts of southeast Louisiana that Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission is limiting the deer season in Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes and the Lake Maurepas Basin.

The archery season remains the same, but others are shortened and limited to bucks.

Dates also were changed in several wildlife management areas.

In Plaquemines Parish, biologists report high fawn mortality, moderate adult deer mortality and severe damage to habitat from salt water shock and storm surge debris.

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Hurricane Isaac
3:23 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Monday starts final round of Isaac debris pickup

State crews will make a last pass to pick up Hurricane Isaac debris in southeast Louisiana starting Monday.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development says this will be the third and final pass for debris removal in Jefferson, Lafourche, Orleans, St. Charles, and Terrebonne parishes and inside the levee system for St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes.

Storm debris should be separated into two piles — one for vegetative debris and the other for demolition debris. Household appliances should be placed separately and to the side.

Sugar Cane
12:00 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Sugar cane farmers: Outlook optimistic

Hurricane Isaac's winds paired with recent rains made a rough start for this year's sugar-cane grinding season. But industry officials are optimistic that weather will improve this month, helping the process along.

Jim Simon, general manager of the American Sugar Cane League, tells The Courier several mills started grinding last week. The remaining mills are scheduled to begin work this week.

Simon says the sugar cane industry has an annual impact of about $1.1 billion in Louisiana.

Hurricane Isaac
4:41 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Isaac causes property taxes to decline in St. John

Damage from Hurricane Isaac will cost St. John the Baptist Parish about $2 million in property tax revenue.

The Times-Picayune reports Assessor Whitney Joseph Jr. told the parish council the value of the parish's tax roll will drop by approximately $14 million from previous estimates.

However, because of expiring industrial tax exemptions, Joseph says parish taxing bodies will still net about $6 million more than in 2011.

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Hurricane Isaac
4:00 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

School board members recommend Isaac repairs

Tangipahoa Parish School Board members have recommended $220,000 in repairs to school buildings damaged by Hurricane Isaac.

The Advocate reports Loranger High School's gym and the main building at Chesbrough Elementary in Kentwood both require new roofs, at projected costs of $145,000 and $74,000, respectively.

The repairs to Loranger High's gym roof will have to be approved by U.S. District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle, who oversees the parish's 47-year-old desegregation case. A standing order in the suit requires court approval for all non-priority repair costs over $125,000.

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Latest News
3:19 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Contractor dies cleaning Plaquemines debris

A 50-year-old contractor from Mississippi died in Plaquemines Parish after the bulldozer he was working in slipped into a debris covered pond.

Parish officials say the man from Wiggins was pronounced dead at a local hospital Tuesday. WWL-TV reports the accident happened just off La. Highway 23 near Point Celeste.

The victim's name has not been released.

An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

Hurricane Isaac
3:17 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Central schools approve makeup plan

The school days for most Central, La. students will be extended by several minutes, and other adjustments are planned to make up for the four days of school lost when Hurricane Isaac blew through Louisiana in late August.

The Advocate reports the Central Community School Board on Monday agreed on how to make up the 1,500 minutes of lost instruction due to the hurricane.

In an explanatory letter to the board, Superintendent Michael Faulk said Central schools had different issues and legal requirements and, as a result, will have different makeup schedules.

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