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Livingston Parish
4:00 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Livingston Files New Charges in Gustav Appeal

Livingston Parish officials claim lies, bungling and withholding of information are grounds for reversal of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's decision to deny $46 million in waterway cleanup costs Livingston incurred after Hurricane Gustav.

FEMA investigators used incorrect geographic coordinates and couldn't find streams where work was done after the 2008 hurricane, but still ruled the streams posed no flooding danger to inhabited property, according to a 76-page appeal supplement filed by the parish.

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Kenner
3:00 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Kenner's Katrina-Battered Streets to be Repaired

Kenner streets damaged during Hurricane Katrina will be repaired in a $26.7 million project set to start in spring.

The Times-Picayune reports that the work is federally financed. The damage was caused by flooding and also by heavy equipment deployed to collect debris after the August 2005 storm.

Among thoroughfares in the repair plan are Joe Yenni and Chateau boulevards, Vintage and Loyola drives, West Esplanade Avenue, Williams Boulevard, West Metairie Avenue and Roosevelt Drive.

Venetian Isles
7:55 pm
Sun January 13, 2013

New Fire Station Designed for Flood-Prone Venetian Isles

New Orleans officials have broken ground for a new $3.6 million fire station designed to serve an area not protected by levees.

The city says the new Alba Road Fire Station in the Venetian Isles area will replace a smaller facility that was 30 years old when it flooded during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The station is being built with aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Construction began with Wednesday's groundbreaking ceremony and is to be completed this fall.

Hurricane Isaac
4:00 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Baton Rouge Gets $1.5M Grant for Isaac Costs

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded East Baton Rouge Parish a $1.5 million grant to help city-parish government with costs associated with Hurricane Isaac.

The Advocate reports the grant, part of FEMA's Public Assistance program, will help reimburse the city-parish for equipment and supplies used during the response to Isaac and the recovery effort.

The grant covers the federal share — 75 percent — of the parish's eligible costs and the state or parish will pay the remaining 25 percent.

Features
4:41 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Growing Home Helps New Orleans Invest Millions to Landscape Vacant Land

Linda and Chester Blunt built several raised vegetable beds on their new lot.
Abigail Feldman

You see it in your neighborhood or on your way to work: an abandoned house or empty lot — a small piece of New Orleans which once belonged to someone, but now, is sagging or overgrown or both.

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BP Oil Spill
1:51 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

BP Settlement Payments Exceed $1B Mark

Businesses and individuals who claim BP's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico cost them money have been paid more than $1 billion through the company's class-action settlement with private plaintiffs' attorneys.

Court-supervised claims administrator Patrick Juneau says payments hit the $1 billion mark before the end of 2012. He also said 95 percent of claimants who were offered payments decided to accept them.

Juneau touted the acceptance rate as evidence the settlement and claims process are fair.

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Hurricane Isaac
1:00 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

La. to Get More Isaac Recovery Funds

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is sending $7.4 million to Louisiana in Hurricane Isaac recovery funds to help impacted families with additional household and education needs and more.

The FEMA dollars are going to the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services for a Disaster Case Management Program to aid Isaac victims.

Sen. Mary Landrieu announced the new grant Tuesday and said that she had pressed for such family assistance with FEMA administrator Craig Fugate.

Gentilly
11:00 am
Wed January 9, 2013

City Wins Round Against Blighted Shopping Center

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office is touting its latest court victory in its efforts to improve blighted property in a neighborhood hard hit by flooding after Hurricane Katrina.

The mayor's office said Tuesday that a judge has upheld a city code enforcement action against the Lake Terrace Shopping Center in the Gentilly neighborhood. The shopping center has been empty since the 2005 storm.

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Latest News
10:00 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Orleans Coroner Office Construction to Start Soon

Construction of a new home for the Orleans Parish Coroner's Office is expected to begin early this year.

New Orleans CityBusiness reports that the apparent low bid for the project was submitted by Construction Masters of Metairie. The company entered a nearly $11.1 million bid.

Project architect George Hero says the two-story complex will consist of two wings, one for the morgue and another for Orleans Parish Emergency Medical Services.

Latest News
11:55 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Work Continues on Joe Brown Park Redo

Work including an amphitheater and improved walking and bike paths is planned at a 200-acre park in eastern New Orleans.

New Orleans CityBusiness reports that recently-opened bids showed Corseault Commercial Inc. of New Orleans as apparent low bidder for work on the west side of Joe Brown Park.

The bid was just over $3 million.

Money is coming from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and a Community Development Block Grant.

The city says FEMA already has contributed $3.3 million toward improvements.

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