Hurricane Isaac

Courts
6:18 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Trial delayed in post BCS video case

Trial in New Orleans has been delayed for an Alabama football fan arrested after a video was posted on the Internet that showed what prosecutors say was sexual battery committed on an unconscious LSU fan.

Hurricane Isaac last week left defense attorneys unable to prepare for the trial of 33-year-old Brian Downing of Smith's Station, Ala.

Defense lawyer Michael Kennedy said Isaac forced closure of attorneys' offices and that power failures left attorneys unable to review electronic evidence.

Tuesday's trial was delayed until Oct. 2.

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Hurricane Isaac
6:14 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

New Orleans substation outage affects thousands

As Entergy New Orleans works to restore power after Hurricane Isaac, an outage at a substation Tuesday is affecting nearly 11,000 customers in the city.

The outage happened about 3:30 p.m. and is affecting the Central Business District and the Mid-City and Uptown neighborhoods.

Before the failure, WWL-TV says Entergy reported the number of customers without power in Orleans Parish at about 5,000.

Entergy told WWL-AM they are trying to reroute power through another substation, but does not yet have an estimate of when the new outages will be restored.

Hurricane Isaac
6:12 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Thousands file flood insurance claims after Isaac

Officials say thousands of flood insurance claims are being filed in the wake of Hurricane Isaac, a slow-moving storm that brought drenching rain and tropical-storm force winds to parishes that don't typically experience flooding.

Commissioner of Insurance James Donelon said Tuesday only 31 percent of Louisiana residents have flood insurance but three parishes — St. Tammany, Plaquemines and St. John the Baptist — experienced an unusual amount of flooding after Isaac straddled the region for days, swamping homes with water up to four feet deep in some areas.

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Hurricane Isaac
6:10 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

St. Charles Parish added for FEMA individual aid

St. Charles Parish has been added to the list of Louisiana parishes with heavy damage from Hurricane Isaac approved by FEMA for individual assistance grants.

Gov. Bobby Jindal's office announced the addition Tuesday.

FEMA's approval of St. Charles Parish brings the number of parishes to 10 where residents and business owners can apply for grants for temporary housing and home repairs, and to cover uninsured property losses from the storm.

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Hurricane Isaac
4:39 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Some St. Tammany boil-water advisories lifted

St. Tammany Parish officials say boil-water advisories have been lifted for 8 areas after tests showed no contamination of drinking water for customers of Tammany Utilities Water Systems.

Included are water systems for the following communities:

— Lake Hills (Lake Hills Village, Lake Hills Village Shopping Center).

— Madisonville (Madisonville Woods).

— St. Gertrude (St. Gertrude Heights).

— St. Joe (St. Joe Estates, Salvation Manor).

— Bedico Creek (Bedico Creek, Cedar Creek).

— Pineland Park (Pineland Park Estates subdivision).

Hurricane Isaac
4:36 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Cable TV service coming back on

Cox Communications, which provides cable television service in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge areas, says its crews are working 24-hour shifts to restore service.

The company said an estimated 98 percent of customers in Baton Rouge and 88 percent of customers in the New Orleans area had service on Tuesday morning.

Hurricane Isaac
4:10 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Pollution left in wake of Isaac

Capt. Peter Gautier says the Coast Guard is investigating about 90 pollution cases in the wake of Hurricane Isaac.

They include six minor leaks and oil sheens from sources such as tank batteries and wellheads. Such leaks are expected after hurricanes, he says.

Gautier says oil found on about eight birds at Myrtle Grove came from storage tanks at a closed terminal.

In Braithwaite, chemicals leaked into water and air from tanks at a storage facility, but all are under control, he says.

Hurricane Isaac
2:59 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Isaac damaged 13,000 Louisiana homes

State emergency officials say at least 13,000 homes in Louisiana were damaged by Hurricane Isaac.

The numbers are the first official damage estimates from the storm, which struck a week ago.

Christina Stephens, spokeswoman for the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, says the figures are "very preliminary," based on an initial assessment of communities with flooding and wind damage.

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Hurricane Isaac
2:45 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Louisiana Highway 1 closed overnights for repairs

State transportation officials say Louisiana Highway 1 is open during daylight hours south to Grand Isle.

The Courier reports a segment of the highway south of Port Fourchon is closed from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. nightly until further notice while crews repair a section of road damaged by Hurricane Isaac.

State police said residents and visitors to Grand Isle who don't want to be trapped on the island should leave before 6 p.m. nightly. Once the highway is closed, no vehicles will be allowed on Louisiana Highway 1 from Grand Isle to Fourchon.

Hurricane Isaac
2:42 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Power outages drop to two percent of customers

The widespread power outages caused by Hurricane Isaac have nearly all been repaired.

The Public Service Commission says nearly 38,000 homes and businesses remained without electricity Tuesday. That's about 2 percent of customers.

The largest remaining outages were in the two parishes hardest-hit by Isaac's flooding: Plaquemines and St. John the Baptist parishes. Plaquemines had 47 percent of its utility customers without power, and St. John had 25 percent waiting to be restored, according to the PSC data.

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