A new levee board created to build flood protection projects in St. Tammany Parish is meeting for the first time today.
The nine commissioners of the St. Tammany Levee, Drainage and Conservation District will meet in Mandeville.
Nola.com/The Times-Picayune reports the board is made up of gubernatorial appointees from communities throughout the parish.
The board was set up by the Legislature this year. It will work as other levee boards do in Louisiana — looking after the parish's flood control needs. As a political subdivision of the state, it has taxing authority.
The Tammany Trace — the popular paved cycling and hiking path that follows a narrow, asphalt ribbon through St. Tammany Parish — will celebrate its 20th anniversary this weekend with a two-day festival.
State police say two people died and a third was critically burned when a tractor-trailer ran off of Interstate 12, hit some trees, jack-knifed and was engulfed in flames. All three were trapped in the cab.
Trooper Nick Manale says the St. Tammany Parish Coroner's Office is working to identify the dead.
Manale says witnesses rescued one passenger after the 2010 Freightliner drifted off the road about 11 a.m. Wednesday west of the exit to Lacombe. But he says intense flames kept them from reaching two other adults.
St. Tammany Parish officials say fees will be waived for residential and commercial building permits obtained to repair damage from Hurricane Isaac.
Authorities said documentation will be required at the time of application, and includes such items as an insurance claim or photos of the damaged property.
More details on documentation required for permits can be obtained at the St. Tammany Parish Administrative Complex, 21454 Koop Drive, Suite 1B, Mandeville, phone 985-898-2574 or at the Towers Building, 520 Old Spanish Trail, Suite 2F, Slidell, phone 985-646-4166.