Hurricane Isaac

Hurricane Isaac
10:34 am
Fri September 7, 2012

State closes last medical shelter after Isaac

The state's last medical special needs shelter, opened before Hurricane Isaac, has been closed.

State officials say the shelter at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans closed Wednesday, after the shelter's final patient was discharged.

During the height of Isaac, Louisiana operated five special needs shelters at LSU in Baton Rouge and Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, in Alexandria and Bossier and at the Morial Convention Center.

Hurricane Isaac
10:13 am
Fri September 7, 2012

$3.6M grant will fund cleanup hiring

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded a $3.6 million grant to the Louisiana Workforce Commission that will fund temporary jobs for cleanup efforts following Hurricane Isaac.

The grant, announced Thursday, will affect hiring in Ascension, Assumption, East Feliciana, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Point Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge and, West Feliciana parishes.

New Orleans Museum of Art
9:37 am
Fri September 7, 2012

New Orleans Museum of Art to reopen Tuesday

The New Orleans Museum of Art will reopen Tuesday at 10 a.m.

Director Susan Taylor says the opening will be free of charge. Wednesdays are always free, thanks to the Helis Foundation, so Taylor says the museum will begin charging regular admission on Thursday.

The museum was closed because water from soil saturated by Hurricane Isaac is seeping into the basement, administrative offices and other areas.

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Hurricane Isaac
6:00 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Environmental Groups Call For Change After Isaac Pollution Reports From Energy Industry

Damage to oil refineries and other facilies is tracked alongside Hurricane Isaac's path.
Louisiana Bucket Brigade

Three environmental groups say more than 90 reports of pollution triggered by Hurricane Isaac is evidence the energy industry needs greater oversight. They say depending on industry to monitor itself isn’t working.

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Hurricane Isaac
11:09 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Tests confirm oil came from BP spill

Laboratory tests show that globs of oil found on two Louisiana beaches after Hurricane Isaac came from the 2010 BP spill.

Tests run by Louisiana State University for state wildlife officials confirmed that oil found on Elmer's Island and Grand Isle matched the biological fingerprint of the hundreds of millions of gallons of oil that spewed from BP's Macondo well.

On Wednesday, BP said oil from its spill had been exposed by Isaac's waves and that the company would work to clean it up.

Hurricane Isaac
10:51 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Isaac's cost to state government tops $100M

Gov. Bobby Jindal's office says Louisiana state agencies have spent more than $100 million preparing for and responding to Hurricane Isaac.

The latest tally released Wednesday was $116 million, and that cost was expected to continue rising. That includes the price tags for mobilizing the National Guard, setting up and supplying shelters, bringing food and water to damaged parishes and paying state employee for storm response.

Hurricane Isaac
10:49 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Storm damage could force assessors to adjust

The state Tax Commission says this year's tax assessments may be reduced for property damaged by Hurricane Isaac.

The Courier reports that the process of asking tax assessors for a review varies among parishes.

For example, St. Tammany Parish Assessor Patricia Schwarz Core said she wants property owners to contact her office now, and she is making review forms available online.

But in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes, the assessors' offices want residents and businesses to wait until after this year's tax notifications are mailed out before asking for a review.

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Hurricane Isaac
10:41 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Isaac seepage closes New Orleans Museum of Art

The New Orleans Museum of Art says it is closed because water from soil saturated by Hurricane Isaac is seeping into the basement, administrative offices and other areas.

Seepage into the basement of the century-old building was a major hurdle in its recovery from Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The Times-Picayune reports that events in the Besthoff Sculpture Garden are continuing. The sculpture garden re-opened Sept. 1.

Hurricane Isaac
10:32 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Federal tax deadline pushed back because of Isaac

Individuals who filed for an extension on their 2011 federal income tax returns will get a little extra time to make their filing, thanks to Hurricane Isaac.

The Internal Revenue Service said Wednesday that it will push the deadline for filing extended returns back to Jan. 11, 2013. The deadline had been Oct. 15.

The extended deadlines are being applied to storm-impacted parishes and counties in Louisiana and Mississippi.

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Hurricane Isaac
10:30 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Louisiana gets $3.5M for highway debris removal

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Louisiana a $3.5 million grant to help remove debris from highways and repair roads affected by Hurricane Isaac.

U.S. Sens. Mary Landrieu and David Vitter announced the grant Wednesday. The money is from DOT's Emergency Relief Grant Program.

Landrieu called the funding "a critical step in the recovery process."

Vitter says the money will "begin the process to rebuild or repair" the state's highway infrastructure.

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