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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.