Hurricane Isaac

Hurricane Isaac
1:13 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Port of New Orleans back on schedule

Port of New Orleans officials say all terminals are operating on normal schedules as the port gets back to customary routines after Hurricane Isaac.

Since the Mississippi River fully reopened on Sept. 1, port terminal operators have handled 19 ships. Another six are due in port on Wednesday.

Amtrak
1:11 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Amtrak New Orleans service restoration continues

Most Amtrak service to and from New Orleans has been restored following Hurricane Isaac, but the City of New Orleans' service in Mississippi and Louisiana, remains suspended through Friday.

The City of New Orleans, a daily service between Chicago and New Orleans, will continue to terminate and originate in Memphis, rather than in New Orleans, at least through Friday.

Alligator Hunting
1:09 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

State postpones alligator season

State wildlife and fisheries officials are postponing the 2012 wild alligator lottery season on the Pearl River, Joyce, Manchac and Maurepas swamp wildlife management areas because of the effects of Hurricane Isaac.

The season was scheduled to open on Saturday but has since been pushed back to Wednesday, Sept. 12.

All alligator hunters are urged to verify that their selected buyer will be open to buy harvested alligators, prior to beginning any harvest effort.

Hurricane Isaac
1:06 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Lafourche schools to reopen Monday

Schools in Lafourche Parish are tentatively scheduled to reopen on Monday.

School officials said Tuesday that all of the parish schools have electricity and administrators, staff and private contractors are in the process of assessing and repairing damage to the facilities.

Officials expect the examination and repair of the facilities to be completed by the weekend.

Hurricane Isaac
1:05 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

State offices closed in Plaquemines, St. John

State offices in Plaquemines and St. John the Baptist parishes will remain closed because of clean-up required after Hurricane Isaac.

Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater said state offices in other parishes will be open.

Hurricane Isaac
1:02 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Disaster food stamp aid began today

Emergency food stamp aid is available starting today for residents in nine parishes damaged by Hurricane Isaac.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved the disaster food stamp program for Ascension, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines St. Bernard, St. John the Baptist and St. Tammany parishes.

The program will provide aid to households who don't normally get food stamps but need help buying groceries after Isaac.

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Hurricane Isaac
12:54 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Final evacuees sheltered by state return home

State officials say the last evacuees that were being housed in state-run shelters have returned to their home communities.

Officials say the final 48 evacuees from the mega-shelter in Alexandria and the last five evacuees from the Jewella shelter in Shreveport returned home Tuesday or to shelters closer to their communities. Most were from St. John the Baptist and Plaquemines parishes.

Alligator Hunting
10:29 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Alligator season now open

Alligator hunters are now free to pursue their quarry across the state, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

The 2012 Wild Alligator Harvest Season opened in the state's West Zone today, following the East Zone opening this past Saturday. However, due to the impact of Hurricane Isaac, hunters in some areas may have to wait until floodwaters recede and power is restored, the state said.

Alligator hunters are advised to verify their buyers have opened before actually taking any alligators, and to use extreme caution when hunting in flooded areas.

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Hurricane Isaac
6:00 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Testing Under Way To Determine If Oil Surfacing After Isaac Stems From BP Spill

The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is closing off 13 miles of waters off Port Fouchon after a tar mat and tar balls surfaced. The Coast Guard is not yet ready to say it’s oil from the BP spill two years ago.

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Hurricane Isaac
7:10 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Coast Guard Investigating Pollution Reports From Hurricane Isaac

The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating reports of pollution caused by Hurricane Isaac along the Gulf Coast. Cases range from oiled wildlife to overturned railcars containing hazardous chemicals.

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