The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries plans to reopen the Lake Ramsey Wildlife Management Area in St. Tammany Parish today.
Lake Ramsey had been closed as Hurricane Isaac approached.
Other state refuges that remain closed include Elm Hall in Assumption Parish, Elmer's Island in Jefferson Parish, Joyce in Tangipahoa Parish, Manchac in St. John the Baptist Parish, Maurepas Swamp in Ascension, Livingston, St. James and St. John the Baptist parishes and Pearl River in St. Tammany Parish.
Gov. Bobby Jindal has declared a statewide public health emergency to let government workers enter private property to assess and remove nuisance debris from Hurricane Isaac that poses a health hazard.
His statement Monday notes that widespread flooding continues in some areas, the state has issued more than 200 water boil advisories and has lost more than 40 percent of the electrical power statewide for an extended period.
Louisiana's labor department is asking the federal government for $3.4 million to pay unemployed state residents to help with cleanup work after Hurricane Isaac.
The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Monday that it's filed a request for an emergency grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.
The commission estimates the grant could pay salaries for about 450 people, along with career counseling and other work force assistance. Residents directly harmed by the storm would get priority for the work.
Ferry operations in St. John the Baptist Parish have resumed.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development said the Edgard/Reserve ferry reopened Monday across the Mississippi River in the parish that had severe flooding in some areas from Hurricane Isaac.
Operating hours are 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. More information is available at 1-888-613-3779 or at www.dotd.la.gov .
People living in Louisiana parishes or Mississippi counties approved for individual aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and who have lost work because of the storm are eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance.
In Louisiana, the parishes are Ascension, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. John the Baptist, and St. Tammany. In Mississippi, the counties are Hancock, Harrison, Jackson and Pearl River.