St. Bernard Parish

There are several key local races on Saturday's ballot. Here's a look at the contest for St. Bernard Parish president.

This is the long story of a short street: Schnell Drive, two blocks of brick homes in Arabi, La., just east of New Orleans in St. Bernard Parish.

When we first visited in the fall of 2005, Donald and Colleen Bordelon were often the only two people on Schnell Drive. They had stayed in their home through the storm and the flood, and through the weeks after when the first floor was still filled with water.

Tegan Wendland / WWNO

St. Bernard Parish officials want to raise awareness of how the parish was affected by Hurricane Katrina ten years ago. The parish is holding its own Katrina 10 events this week, featuring art displays, public banners indicating the level of water the area took, parish first response offices, and visits to Army Corps of Engineers flood protection projects.

Elizabeth Mahoney, St. Bernard resident and peer counselor.
Brett Anderson

The devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the floods that followed is most visible in pictures of ruined houses and people’s destroyed possessions lying out on city streets. But there’s unseen damage that runs even deeper: the collective emotional trauma experienced by the thousands of people who lived through it.

A potentially deadly brain-eating amoeba has been discovered in the St. Bernard Parish Water System at a leaking sampling station that serves more than 44,000 people.

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals notified the water system and parish officials last night.

The St. Bernard Parish Council has approved an ordinance amendment that nearly doubles resident's water and sewer rates.

It triples them for some commercial users.

The council said yesterday that the rate increase will help improve water quality. It comes about a year after a brain-eating amoeba was found in the water system.

The parish's water and sewerage rates had not changed since 1997. The average residence in St. Bernard will see its water rate jump from about $13 a month to $24 a month.

Voters in St. Bernard Parish rejected several tax measures to pay for a number of public services.

It’s seen a sign of growing frustration over the cost of rebuilding their parish since Hurricane Katrina. Times-Picayune reports that most tax renewals pass in most elections. But the rejection of several financial matters in Saturday’s election could show the discontent in a parish that’s much smaller post-Katrina.

Voters also recently rejected a proposed new tax for their parish hospital.

Cityscapes: When St. Bernard Made Cars

Nov 7, 2014

In this month's Cityscapes column for and The Times-Picayune, geographer Richard Campanella chooses another industrial subject. The Ford Motor Co. plant in Arabi, along the Mississippi River in St. Bernard Parish, employed hundreds of local workers, starting in the early 1920s.

St. Bernard Parish President David Peralta has been indicted for stalking his ex-wife.

Jesse Hardman / WWNO

This spring a state committee approved $477 million for coastal protection and restoration. When you throw in federal dollars, and private funding as well, fixing Louisiana's coast is becoming big business.

Here are some of the people who stand to benefit.

Deep in St. Bernard Parish’s Lake Athanasio, a construction crew is hard at work. Ben Leblanc is standing on a floating barge, overseeing his troops who are knee deep in marsh, battling enormous horse flies.