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Latest News
3:53 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

In Plaquemines, $5.9 Million Of Katrina Loan Forgiven

The federal government has canceled $5.9 million in disaster loans given to Plaquemines Parish after Hurricane Katrina.
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The federal government has canceled $5.9 million in disaster loans given to Plaquemines Parish after Hurricane Katrina.

Parish President Billy Nungesser says the action was taken by the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Nungesser says the parish now must repay the remaining $3 million of $8.9 million in special community disaster loans it received after the 2005 storm.

Nungesser says he plans to try to get the remaining amount forgiven.

Tropical Storm Karen
12:34 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Plaquemines Parish Issues Eastbank Mandatory Evacuation Order

Plaquemines Parish has issued a mandatory evacuation order for the eastbank of the parish, and all communities on the westbank with no levee protection. The evacuation order begins at 6:00 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3.

Additionally, a voluntary evacuation order has been called for the westbank of the parish from Ironton to Venice. The Belle Chasse Auditorium will open at 6:00 p.m. as a place of shelter, but residents are advised to bring their own provisions with them.

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Hurricane Season
2:22 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Plaquemines Parish Takes Precautions For Tropical Storm Karen

Authorities in Plaquemines Parish say they are taking early precautions as Tropical Storm Karen moves northward in the Gulf of Mexico.

Parish President Billy Nungesser says residents are being asked to clear drainage basins and secure loose lawn items and garbage cans.

Nungesser says all pump stations in Plaquemines are operational and crews on stand-by for possible operations because of the storm.

Features
3:44 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

In La., Families Still Searching For Storm-Scattered Remains

Lionel Alverez stands at a family tomb in Plaquemines Parish, La. Hurricane Isaac's storm surge split the double-decker tomb in half, leaving his aunt's and sister's caskets on the bottom but washing away his mother's, which was on top.
Keith O'Brien for NPR

Originally published on Thu May 23, 2013 7:23 pm

Lionel Alverez is in the Promised Land Cemetery again, taking inventory. He has been coming to this cemetery in Plaquemines Parish, La., all his life. The graveyard is hemmed in between the Mississippi River and the marsh on a lonely stretch of highway.

Promised Land has been the final resting place for the Alverezes for generations. Alverez, 61, points out several graves, one by one. "Albert Alverez. Huey Alverez and Harold Alverez. My brother Allen is near the rear, back there."

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Latest News
2:28 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Coast Guard: Damaged Wellhead Secured

An oil production platform deep in the Gulf of Mexico.
Brian McDonald Shutterstock

The Coast Guard says a wellhead damaged earlier this week off Plaquemines Parish has been secured.

Ensign Tanner Stiehl says Wild Well Control crews secured the well shortly after a specialized barge arrived Thursday in Lake Grande Ecaille Bay, nine miles southwest of Port Sulphur.

The wellhead owned by Houston-based Swift Energy Co. was damaged Tuesday by one of the company's crewboats. Stiehl says skimmer boats have since collected more than 1,200 gallons of oily water. He says 4,880 feet of boom was set out to contain the spill and keep it out of marshes.

Coastal Management
10:00 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Hearing to Focus on Plaquemines Coastal Plan

A public hearing on coastal management in Plaquemines Parish will be held Feb. 7.

The parish Coastal Zone Management Department said the public will be able to offer comment on coastal management issues.

The session is planned from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Belle Chasse Library on Louisiana Highway 23.

More information on the hearing and updates to the coastal program are available by contacting project manager Stephen Lundgren at slundgren@evans-graves.com or by phone at 504-836-8190.

Latest News
9:00 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Plaquemines Parish Deputy Accused of Sex Assault

A Plaquemines Parish sheriff's deputy has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman in his custody.

The Times-Picayune reports that 29-year-old Elijah D. Gary of Port Sulphur was arrested Friday on charges of sexual battery and malfeasance of office for sexual misconduct.

The sheriff's office began the investigation Nov. 20 after a 29-year-old woman told detectives he sexually assaulted her while he was processing her into jail.

He was being on a $50,000 bond. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.

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Plaquemines Stabbing
9:00 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Belle Chasse Man Booked in Death of Girlfriend

Plaquemines Parish sheriff's deputies say a 54-year-old Belle Chasse man has been booked with second-degree murder after he confessed he fatally stabbed his girlfriend during an argument.

Cmdr. Eric Becnel tells The Times-Picayune that the argument erupted on an isolated road Tuesday afternoon where the couple went to have sex earlier during the day.

Becnel said after the stabbing, John Edward Rivers Sr. went to the 44-year-old woman's home, packed his belongings and went to a relative's home in Baton Rouge.

Latest News
8:30 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Pointe-a-la-Hache Ferry Landing Closed as Unsafe

The Pointe-a-la-Hache ferry landing has been closed indefinitely as unsafe. A Plaquemines Parish news release says the Department of Transportation and Development ordered it closed immediately on Wednesday.

The landing was damaged by Hurricane Isaac. The parish has been working on repairs for more than a year to keep it running. It says the landing isn't eligible for Federal Emergency Management Administration aid because a previous administration didn't give any details about repairs that FEMA paid for after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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Environment
11:46 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Plaquemines Wants Your Christmas Tree

Plaquemines Parish plans to collect Christmas trees after the season to help rebuild wetlands in the coastal parish.

The parish garbage collection company, Solid Waste North and South, will pick them up at curbside after the holidays.

Authorities said all decorations, lights, tinsel, garland and other materials must be removed. Flocked trees cannot be recycled.

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