Hurricane Isaac

Hurricane Isaac
4:52 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Plaquemine ferry returns to service

The state Department of Transportation and Development says the Plaquemine/Sunshine ferry landing has returned to service.

The ferry was closed Tuesday afternoon due to deteriorating weather conditions caused by Hurricane Isaac. The operating hours for the Plaquemine/Sunshine ferry landing are 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days per week.

The two remaining landings, White Castle and Edgard/Reserve, will remain closed until further notice.

Hurricane Isaac
4:49 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Flooded communities await Romney visit

Water covered streets in communities along Barataria Bay, where Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was to visit later on Friday.

The flooding, driven by Hurricane Isaac, was receding somewhat after isolating the area as the storm made landfall on Wednesday.

Romney was to visit the Jean Lafitte-Crown Point area along with Republican Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

In Crown Point, police were telling people not to drive because wakes caused by their vehicles were pushing water toward homes.

Hurricane Isaac
4:47 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

La. boil advisories in response to Isaac

The state health department has issued boil advisories for 320 water systems in 28 parishes around Louisiana.

They range from parish and municipal systems to apartment complexes, truck stops, trailer parks, industrial plants and individual bars and restaurants. Some of those include Magoo's Bar in Ascension Parish and Gators Den Cajun Cafe in St. John the Baptist Parish. Em's Blue Diner is among 166 systems listed in St. Tammany Parish.

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Hurricane Isaac
4:45 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Few state troopers planned to help with LSU game

The superintendent of the Louisiana State Police says there will be few state troopers helping with security and traffic at the LSU football game Saturday.

Col. Mike Edmonson says the state police's priority isn't the LSU game — it's Hurricane Isaac recovery and flood response efforts.

Edmonson says the state police normally stations 50 to 80 troopers at an LSU game. He says it'll be a far smaller group, about 15 troopers, for the No. 3 Tigers game against North Texas in Tiger Stadium on Saturday night.

Hurricane Isaac
4:42 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Drivers hunt for gas as power remains spotty

Drivers patrolled streets looking for gas and faced long waits at stations that had power to pump Friday in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac.

Some stations were out of gas, but at others clerks said they had gas but no power to pump it.

At the Magnolia Discount Gas Station in New Orleans' Carrollton neighborhood, employee Gadeaon Fentessa said up to 50 drivers an hour were pulling in, hopeful they could pump. He had the gas, but no power.

Hurricane Isaac
4:39 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Lafayette man arrested for looting

A 22-year-old Lafayette man has been arrested for allegedly looting a downtown office building during Tropical Storm Isaac.

The Advertiser reports Johnathon George was booked with looting and is being held in the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on a $25,000 bond.

Cpl. Kyle Soriez says officers on routine patrol saw George in the downtown Lafayette area, when a mandatory curfew was in effect.

Hurricane Isaac
4:36 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Baton Rouge police make arrests for curfew violations, looting

Baton Rouge police say at least 16 people have been arrested on violation of a parish-wide curfew that went into effect from 6 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday, and six others were arrested and accused of looting during Hurricane Isaac.

Cpl. L'Jean McKneely tells The Advocate five people were arrested and booked with looting a grocery store.

Authorities said they used the looting count in arresting people Wednesday and Thursday for break-ins and similar crimes because the parish was in a state of emergency. Police say such incidents were not widespread.

Hurricane Isaac
4:33 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Water seeping over Lafourche levee

Lafourche Parish officials say water began seeping over a levee, but they had the situation under control by using sandbags.

Officials say no homes are in danger, and only an inch of water actually made it over the levee.

Crews remain on the scene near La. Highway 307 by Bayou Beouf northeast of Thibodaux.

Hurricane Isaac
4:30 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Some residents of Plaquemines Parish return home

Plaquemines Parish officials say residents who live north of the Phillips66 Refinery near Belle Chasse can return home.

Officials say there are no utilities in the area nor is there a timeline for when they will be on, but the threat of flooding has passed.

The communities of Ironton, Myrtle Grove, Pointe Celeste, and West Point-a-la-Hache are still facing flood waters. These areas are still under evacuation orders.

The east bank of the parish is still under an evacuation because of flooding.

Hurricane Isaac
4:14 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Coast Guard rescues two people, cat from Isaac flood waters

The Coast Guard rescued two people and their cat in LaPlace.

A Coast Guard spokesman said Murry Daniels and his wife were hoisted aboard a helicopter Thursday evening from their flooded building in Frenier Landing.

The couple and their pet were brought back to the Coast Guard Air Station in good condition.

Coast Guard search and rescue crews continue to search the greater New Orleans area for people in distress after Hurricane Isaac passed through the area.