Hurricane Isaac

Hurricane Isaac
2:39 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Isaac: Federal cards can buy hot food during Sept.

Because of Hurricane Isaac, people on what used to be the food stamp program may use their cards to buy ready-to-eat hot foods during September.

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services says it got a federal waiver because many people had to evacuate and continuing power outages keep others from cooking.

The waiver applies to nearly 389,000 households on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and any approved during the coming week for the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Hurricane Isaac
2:37 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Isaac may spark swarms of mosquitoes

After Hurricane Isaac left a lot of water behind, south Louisiana residents may be dealing with swarms of mosquitoes.

And with Louisiana experiencing the highest rate of West Nile virus infections in several years, state officials are warning residents to take precautions against mosquitoes.

The Courier reports that at least 145 West Nile cases and nine deaths reported in Louisiana from the disease.

Hurricane Isaac
2:16 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

St. Tammany refuge to reopen today

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.

Hurricane Isaac
2:15 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

90-year-old Marrero man believed heat victim

Jefferson Parish authorities say a 90-year-old Marrero man has been found dead in his home, possibly of heat stroke.

Jefferson Parish Councilman Mark Spears — a friend of the man's grandson — identifies him as Harold Nelson Cooper. He tells The Times-Picayune that Cooper was in good health.

Authorities say Cooper had no electricity in his home and reportedly had a body temperature of 110 degrees.

Hurricane Isaac
2:11 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Jindal declares public health emergency from Isaac

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.

Hurricane Isaac
2:09 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Louisiana asks for $3.4M labor emergency grant

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.

Hurricane Isaac
2:08 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Ferry service restarts in St. John parish

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 .

Hurricane Isaac
1:17 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Schools remain closed in Lafourche Parish

Authorities in Lafourche Parish southwest of New Orleans say all schools will remain closed until further notice due to damage from Hurricane Isaac.

Power problems were reported and crews for the Lafourche Parish School Board were working to clear debris from school grounds.

Hurricane Isaac
12:31 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Unemployment aid available for Isaac victims

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.

Hurricane Isaac
12:12 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

LSU-Alexandria seeks funding for drainage

LSU-Alexandria Chancellor David Manuel says heavy rains from Hurricane Isaac have exposed drainage problems on campus.

Manuel tells the Town Talk that a drainage collection system has been estimated to cost up to $5.4 million.

He canceled classes Friday because of the standing water across the campus.

The classes missed by students Friday were in addition to the classes missed when officials closed school Tuesday afternoon through Thursday because of Isaac.