Environment

Hurricane Ida was 'catastrophic' in St. John Parish, Gov. Edwards says

Louisiana governor replaces members of the Baton Rouge area groundwater commission

BY: - September 18, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards appointed two new members to the 18-person board that regulates groundwater use in the Baton Rouge region, less than three months after rejecting legislation that would have allowed employees from companies who use the groundwater to continue to sit on the commission without penalty.  Alvin Broussard, the public works director and […]

Louisiana has ‘tremendous unmet housing needs’ following Hurricane Ida, governor says

BY: - September 17, 2021

Louisiana still needs billions of dollars to house displaced residents after Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Ida — the two worst hurricanes in the state’s recorded history – decimated South Louisiana nearly a calendar year apart, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Friday after a meeting with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Southwest Louisiana […]

Tropical Storm Nicholas expected to dump rain on areas recovering from Hurricane Ida

BY: - September 14, 2021

South Louisiana is already experiencing outages and flooding due to Tropical Storm Nicholas, Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a press conference Tuesday afternoon, but the heaviest rainfall from Nicholas is yet to come. And it is expected “in areas most devastated by Hurricane Ida down in Southeast Louisiana.” “That’s particularly challenging because many individuals […]

Emissions data from LSU serves reality check to Climate Task Force

Four big climate items in the reconciliation bill in Congress

BY: - September 14, 2021

The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee late Thursday approved its first piece of Democrats’ sweeping $3.5 trillion spending blueprint on a party-line 24-13 vote. Among the highest priorities for President Joe Biden in the plan was addressing climate change, and the panel included initiatives ranging from oil and gas reform to offshore wind ventures. The […]

Louisiana deals with Tropical Storm Nicholas, while still recovering from Hurricane Ida

BY: - September 13, 2021

Ahead of Tropical Storm Nicholas, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced precautions are in place, including stationing the National Guard with 80 high water vehicles and 23 boats. The storm is expected to hit the Texas coast directly, but could dump life-threatening rain across southwestern Louisiana.  Currently, flash flooding seems to be the biggest danger the […]

What counts as a storm-related death?

How does Louisiana count hurricane deaths?

BY: - September 13, 2021

Louisiana has recorded 26 “storm-related” deaths due to Hurricane Ida. But what counts as a hurricane death? And when will the counting stop?   There is no checklist or clear set of rules for determining whether a death is classified as storm-related. Local parish coroners determine whether a death can be attributed to a weather event […]

Hurricane Ida was 'catastrophic' in St. John Parish, Gov. Edwards says

COVID-19 cases in Louisiana decline following Delta variant surge, official says

BY: - September 10, 2021

Louisiana appears to have peaked in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, and is now on a downward trajectory, the state’s chief  medical officer said Thursday. But Dr. Joe Kanter warned at a press conference that the decrease could be short lived. He said “there’s no guarantee we continue this downward trajectory” because thousands remain displaced after […]

Houma residents scramble to find housing after apartment complexes deemed ‘uninhabitable’

BY: - September 9, 2021

Rayne Pierre and her 21-year-old daughter had just renewed their lease at Cameron Isles Apartments in Houma — where they’d been living since 2016 — when Hurricane Ida struck two weeks ago. They evacuated to Lafayette when the storm hit, but before they could come home, Pierre got an email from her apartment complex that […]

COMMENTARY

Can burying power lines protect storm-wracked electric grids? Not always

BY: - September 6, 2021

The good news when Hurricane Ida churned into Louisiana on Aug. 29, 2021 was that levees held up – especially those that were strengthened after Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans in 2005. The bad news: In many places, power systems failed. Nearly five days later, more than 80% of New Orleans customers were still in […]

Louisiana Shell refinery left spewing chemicals after Hurricane Ida

BY: - September 4, 2021

Behind a playground littered with downed tree branches, Shell’s refinery in Norco, Louisiana spewed black smoke from its stacks. The smell of rotten eggs, the signature scent of sulphur emissions, lingered in the air. In an effort to burn off toxic chemicals before and after Hurricane Ida, many industrial facilities sent the gases through smoke […]

With lack of power, New Orleans synagogues disrupted right before High Holidays

BY: - September 4, 2021

Hurricane Ida disrupted synagogues across metro New Orleans right before the High Holy Days, an extremely significant time in the Jewish faith. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is held on Sept. 6 and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, will be Sept. 16.  With congregations scattered because of the hurricane, most synagogues across New […]

Hurricane Ida spares most Louisiana public schools of significant damage

BY: - September 3, 2021

Virtual learning, classes in “alternative facilities” on-campus or continuing their education in a different school in a different part of the state are among the options for Louisiana students whose schools suffered significant structural damage during Hurricane Ida last weekend, state Superintendent Cade Brumley said. In their initial estimate of the damage statewide caused by […]