Hurricane Isaac

Hurricane Isaac
3:44 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Slow-Moving Isaac Waterlogs Parts of Louisiana

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 11:48 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The remnants of Isaac have left Louisiana behind, but parts of the state will be rebuilding for a while. The storm brought extensive flooding to communities that had been largely spared during earlier hurricanes. NPR's Joel Rose rode along as Louisiana's governor toured one such town on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain outside New Orleans.

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Tropical Storm Isaac
6:41 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Dusk to dawn curfew ordered in Jefferson Parish

With Tropical Storm Isaac still over much of southeast Louisiana, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand has ordered a dusk to dawn curfew for all Jefferson Parish residents. Authorities previously had not implemented a curfew because of the earlier forecasts for the storm.

Normand said Wednesday that deputies patrolling the streets over the past 24 hours have encountered curious pedestrians and motorists out joyriding through flooded roadways.

Residents of unincorporated Jefferson Parish, Kenner, Gretna, Westwego, Lafitte and Harahan are covered by the curfew.

Tropical Storm Isaac
6:38 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Evening News Update

Orleans and Jefferson Parishes are under a dusk-to-dawn curfew. St. Tammany Parish and East Baton Rouge are under curfew from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

About 800 homes have gotten significant damage in Plaquemines Parish, from flooding of four to nine feet over 18 miles. Officials say a levee was overtopped and breached.

Grand Isle is also reportedly still under two feet of water, and Crown Point, Barataria, and Lafitte are still battling storm surge. Surge is coming in at a fast pace, according to Jefferson Parish President John Young

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Hurricane Isaac
6:00 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

New evacuations ordered as storm surge rolls in

Authorities in Plaquemines Parish, where storm surge from Hurricane Isaac caused extensive flooding overnight, have ordered a mandatory evacuation for a portion of the west bank of the Mississippi River.

The evacuation affects people living from Venice north to the Oakville floodgate on Louisiana Highway 23.

A shelter was to open at noon in Belle Chasse.

Officials said the evacuation was ordered out of concern that more storm surge from Isaac would be pushed into the area and levees might be overtopped.

Hurricane Isaac
5:38 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

I-10 closed as water rises at LaPlace

High water driven inland by Hurricane Isaac has forced authorities to close Interstate 10 in St. John the Baptist Parish.

State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson said the highway is closed in both directions at LaPlace, between New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

Hurricane Isaac
5:21 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Grand Isle hit hard by Isaac

In Grand Isle, a barrier island that took a direct hit from Hurricane Isaac overnight, damage was reported to be widespread.

Jesse Delcambre, who stayed in the town hall because her fiance is a town employee, said the island was still covered by about 2 feet of water on Wednesday morning.

"The houses over here are all 12, 14 feet above ground on pilings." The few on slabs are flooded, she said.

Hurricane Isaac
4:56 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Entergy Nuclear shuts Waterford 3 plant, continues to monitor conditions

Officials at Louisiana’s nuclear power plants are monitoring the progress of now-Tropical Storm Isaac, but say there have been no problems thus far.

Mike Bowling, spokesman for Entergy Nuclear, says the Waterford 3 plant, located in Killona, La. came offline at 5 p.m. yesterday, and has a core team of about 100 employees remaining on site.

The River Bend plant, located in St. Francisville, remains 100% operational, with a sequestered team on site as well.

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Hurricane Isaac
4:51 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Entergy: 450,000 customers without power

Entergy says Hurricane Isaac has knocked out power to more than 450,000 residential and commercial in southeast Louisiana.

The company's website indicates that those included more than 150,000 in New Orleans, about 160,000 in Jefferson Parish, some 15,700 in St. Bernard, about 10,800 in Plaquemines, 27,300 in Lafourche, 16,000 in St. Charles, 16,700 in St. John the Baptist and 17,700 in Terrebonne Parish.

Officials say crews are not able to start repairs until winds drop below 30 or 35 mph, which is likely to be Thursday at the earliest.

Hurricane Isaac
4:33 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

LaPlace without water

Officials have shut off water to LaPlace after concerns that water from Lake Pontchartrain could contaminate the water system.

WWL-TV reports Garyville and Mount Airy as well as the westbank of St. John the Baptist Parish.

Parish President Natalie Robottom says the shut off is a preventive measure to prevent contamination.

When the water levels in the lake go down, which Robottom said is anticipated once the wind changes, the supply will be turned back on.

He says 95 percent of St. John residents are without power.

Hurricane Isaac
4:31 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Power out, some streets flooded in Jefferson

Jefferson Parish officials say winds from Hurricane Isaac have downed power lines and trees in the New Orleans suburb and heavy rainfall has caused minor street flooding.

Spokeswoman Kriss Fortunato said no injuries had been reported.

Power provider Entergy Corp. said about 164,000 customers were without power early Wednesday.

Grand Isle, the barrier island at Jefferson's extreme southern tip, was hit hard by the storm as it wobbled ashore overnight.

Heavier damage was expect there although most residents evacuated ahead of the storm.

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