tropical storm isaac

Just hours after accepting the presidential nomination of the Republican party, Mitt Romney is headed to Louisiana for a more sober occasion: He will tour the damage left by Hurricane Isaac.

Update at 11:42 a.m. ET. President Obama also announced that he would visit the affected areas on Monday.

NPR's Ari Shapiro reports Romney hopes to console the victims of the floods. Ari filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"This New Orleans trip was a last-minute addition to the schedule.

As thousands of residents of the Gulf Coast begin to emerge from the flood waters left behind by Hurricane Isaac, authorities in Louisiana reported two bodies were found Thursday in the ravished Plaquemines Parish.

The Times-Picayune reports Parish President Billy Nungesser said a man and a woman were found in what appeared to be their home.

The paper adds:

List of Red Cross Shelters by Parish

Aug 30, 2012

The following is a list of Red Cross shelters currently open, by parish.


• Donaldsonville High School: 100 Tiger Drive, Donaldsonville

• Dutchtown High: 13165 Highway 73, Dutchtown


• Louisiana State University: 1 University Place, Shreveport


• Plaquemine Senior High: 59595 Belleview Drive, Plaquemine

• North Iberville High: 13770 Highway 77, Rosedale


• Raceland Recreation Center: 241 Recreation Dr. Raceland


The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) today announced open routes for drivers returning to the New Orleans area following Hurricane Isaac.

DOTD crews are working diligently to reopen roadways closed during the storm. Currently, the most direct open routes into the city include:

Traveling to New Orleans from the east:

Take I-10 west to I-610 west. I-610 will then reconnect with I-10 just west of the city.

Traveling to New Orleans from the west:

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is issuing boil advisories for the following systems in response to Hurricane Isaac:

New Boil Advisories:

Tulane to reopen Tuesday

Aug 30, 2012

Tulane University will be closed Friday, Aug. 31. Classes will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Certain essential personnel will be required to work and others may be contacted by their supervisors to report to work. If employees are unclear about whether they should report, they are advised to contact their supervisor.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) today announced that all state routes in East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana and Pointe Coupee parishes have been cleared of debris and reopened.

DOTD crews will continue to work diligently to clear and reopen roadways in other parishes impacted by the storm.

“I would like to commend our staff at DOTD for their hard work and dedication in clearing these roads so quickly after the storm,” said DOTD Secretary Sherri H. LeBas. “It took a big effort from everyone on our team to make this possible.”

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) has developed a list of priority routes which they will strive to quickly and safely reopen in order to facilitate evacuation efforts in Tangipahoa Parish.

DOTD crews are working diligently to reopen area roadways closed during the storm. The routes that crews will be working to reopen first in Tangipahoa Parish include I-55, I-12, U.S. 51, U.S. 190 and La. 16.

The state of Louisiana is urging any resident who is under an evacuation order in Tangipahoa Parish to call the state’s 2-1-1 phone hotline to find out the latest information regarding sheltering and evacuations. The state is coordinating evacuations to state-run shelters in north Louisiana.

The state anticipates that between 40,000 – 60,000 people may ultimately be impacted by flooding if the Lake Tangipahoa dam in Pike County, MS, fails. The Tangipahoa Parish president has issued a mandatory evacuation order for residents on one mile of either side of the Tangipahoa River.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has lifted a dusk-to-dawn curfew proclaimed as Tropical Storm Isaac approached the city.

City officials said the Police Department will maintain a strong presence on the streets Thursday night and into Friday.

Crews were working to clear debris from streets and repair traffic signals.