Lake Pontchartrain

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7:21 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

New Orleans Police Find Body In Lake Pontchartrain

New Orleans Police have found a body in Lake Pontchartrain near the University of New Orleans campus.

Shortly before 11 a.m. Thursday authorities received reports that a body had been found in the water.

Witnesses told The Times-Picayune that the body was found floating face-up in the water and bystanders were crying as it was pulled out of the water.

Authorities have not identified the body to determine whether it is that of 21-year-old Ksanwy Chavez, who went missing Tuesday after trying to rescue a friend.

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Hurricane Isaac
9:00 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

St. Tammany: Trees down, lake rising

As Hurricane Isaac neared southeast Louisiana, the sewer system in one lakefront community in St. Tammany Parish had to be shut down because floodwaters rose over sewage lift stations.

Officials say they believe most people had left Northshore Beach before Tammany Utilities began shutting down the sewage system there.

As bands of rain began crossing the parish Tuesday, calls to the parish's emergency operations center rose. Most were about downed trees.

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Hurricane Isaac
12:30 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Lakeshore Drive in New Orleans closed

City officials have closed Lakeshore Drive, the roadway that runs along the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain. Officials said anyone found on the roadway, floodgates or levees may be arrested.

Hurricane Isaac is expected to drive the lake over the seawall. Levees protect nearby neighborhoods.

Latest News
8:31 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Body of Mandeville man found in lake

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office has retrieved the body of a Mandeville man from Lake Pontchartrain.

Capt. George Bonnett, the sheriff's spokesman, says the coroner's office identified the victim as 59-year-old Charles Ellis. Deputies pulled the man's body from the lake Saturday afternoon. Bonnett says Ellis is believed to have been swimming in the area near the Mandeville harbor.

Toxicology tests are pending. An exact cause of death remains under investigation.

Bonnett said Monday that there were no obvious signs of foul play.

Coastal Erosion
12:24 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Tangipahoa council awards coastal erosion contract

The Tangipahoa Parish Council voted unanimously to award a $4.8 million contract to Bertucci Contracting Co. of Metairie to construct a stone breakwater designed to halt coastal erosion in the extreme northwestern corner of Lake Pontchartrain.

Parish engineer Maurice Jordan told The Advocate on Monday a 10,000-linear-foot wall can be constructed from an area just west of the mouth of the Tangipahoa River toward Pass Manchac, which empties into Lake Pontchartrain.

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Environment
4:00 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Cypress Saplings Planted Along Lake Pontchartrain

James Stram of Common Ground Relief instructs volunteers on planting Cypress saplings.
Eileen Fleming

About 1,000 new Cypress saplings are taking root in the Bonnet Carré spillway. The project coordinated by America’s Wetland Foundation is taking advantage of the Mississippi River silt diverted during last spring’s high water levels.

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Gulf Oil Spill
8:04 pm
Wed September 8, 2010

Northshore Water Monitoring Shows No Sign Of Oil

Ten teams are working the shorelines from Terrebone Parish to the west, along the coastal bays and up into Lake Pontchartrain. BP is paying environmental consulting firm Entrix to look for underwater oil. Clumps of white material resembling pompoms are suspended in the water. Staff scientist Chelsea Murphy explains the process it calls the "Sentinel" program, while on board a boat following teams motoring between buoys.

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