Despite the tropical storm force winds and rains heavy enough to force a mandatory evacuation of all residents in Assumption Parish, officials say Hurricane Isaac had no impact on a sinkhole near Bayou Corne.
But after the storm trudged past the parish, three new bubbling gas sites were discovered Tuesday in Bayou Corne, Grand Bayou and Triche Canal. Representatives from the state Department of Environmental Quality are currently testing the air and water at the three new sites and they say preliminary tests indicate no abnormal readings.
The Mississippi Gulf Coast isn't the only place dead nutria washed ashore after Hurricane Isaac. Mandeville Mayor Donald Villere says debris on the Lake Pontchartrain lakefront included a thousand dead nutria and some other animals.
He tells The Times-Picayune those included dead fish, a dead alligator and some feral hogs.
Villere says the city got state permission to dump the dead animals in a closed parish landfill. He says city crews dug a hole, dumped in the bodies, and filled the hole back in.
Because of continued safety concerns after Hurricane Isaac, Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater says state government offices will remain closed in St. John the Baptist and Plaquemines parishes.
The offices will be closed Thursday and Friday.
State offices in other parishes have reopened since the storm.
A remnant of Hurricane Isaac, drawn back to the Gulf of Mexico after an odyssey through the Midwest, hovered Wednesday off the Gulf Coast.
Meteorologist Shawn O'Neill of the National Weather Service in Slidell called it the "spawn of Isaac."
The National Hurricane Center gives the disturbance a 40 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression over the next two days. If it does develop, O'Neill says it probably would get a new name, but that's a matter for the hurricane center to decide.
Lingering effects of Hurricane Isaac in Louisiana include more than 20,000 electric customers still without power, an estimated 700 people still in shelters and gobs of weathered oil washing ashore along a stretch of coastline.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency said it has approved more than $10 million in individual and housing assistance for more than 4,800 families as of Wednesday morning.