Environment

Hurricane Ida leaves bayou region without water, power or hospitals for days

BY: - September 1, 2021

Residents in Louisiana’s bayou country entered their fourth day without power and limited water as they dig out of the wreckage caused by Hurricane Ida. Two of Louisiana’s most southern parishes, Terrebonne and Lafourche, were among the most heavily impacted by Ida. The storm made landfall at the southern tip of Lafourche midday Sunday as […]

Shell's Norco refinery releases 'elevated emissions' due to Hurricane Ida

Fuel shortage among priorities in Louisiana’s hurricane recovery

BY: - September 1, 2021

More than two-thirds of Louisiana’s petrochemical refining capacity remained offline Wednesday due to damages from Hurricane Ida , Gov. John Bel Edwards said. The effects were visible across Southeast Louisiana with not only long lines of cars waiting to fill up at gas stations but also with the unusually heavy plumes of black emissions spewing […]

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In LaPlace, residents prepare for a long recovery after Hurricane Ida

BY: - August 31, 2021

Tiffany Guidry said she’ll always remember the wind from Hurricane Ida.  She rode out the storm Sunday in her house along Airline Highway in LaPlace. On Monday evening, there was still four inches of water surrounding her home and the sno-ball stand that she runs next door. The storm had ripped off parts of the […]

Louisiana starts recovery from Hurricane Ida with limited power, phone service

BY: - August 30, 2021

Louisiana citizens started to dig themselves out of the wreckage left by Hurricane Ida Monday while dealing with widespread power failures, sewerage system outages and downed mobile phone service across much of the southeastern region of the state.  Some of the parishes most affected by the powerful storm — including New Orleans — didn’t have […]

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Louisiana residents seek shelter from Hurricane Ida

BY: and - August 29, 2021

Mildred Webster, a Baton Rouge native, tried to evacuate too late when the city flooded in 2016. She and her family were “just a couple blocks away” from their house when their SUV was caught in the water and Webster’s family had to leave the vehicle behind and “wade through all that water.” “We had […]

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards on Hurricane Ida: ‘We’re just getting started’

BY: - August 29, 2021

Hurricane Ida will remain dangerous and destructive until at least Monday morning, Gov. John Bel Edwards said at a press conference Sunday afternoon. “We’re just getting started,” he said. The storm came ashore as a Category 4 storm in Port Fourchon on the Louisiana coast just before noon Sunday. With 150 mile-per-hour winds, it is […]

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Hurricane Ida ‘will be one of the strongest’ in Louisiana since 1850s, Gov. John Bel Edwards says

BY: - August 28, 2021

Hurricane Ida, projected to be a Category 4 storm when it makes landfall Sunday evening, “will be one of the strongest hurricanes to hit anywhere in Louisiana since the 1850s,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said Saturday afternoon. Ida is expected to make landfall in Terrebonne Parish around 7 p.m. Sunday, Edwards said during a press […]

Hurricane Ida upgraded to Category 4 storm, called ‘potentially catastrophic’ for Louisiana

BY: - August 27, 2021

Hurricane Ida is expected to be an extreme threat to Louisiana, when it makes landfall as a Category 4 storm Sunday evening. A state of emergency was declared Thursday in 12 parishes. Five parishes are under a voluntary or mandatory evacuation order already.  National Weather Service meteorologist Ben Schott said Ida is developing faster than […]

Solar power offers $6 billion opportunity for Louisiana

Solar power offers $6 billion opportunity for Louisiana, researchers say

BY: - August 17, 2021

Louisiana researchers say the focus on carbon capture technologies by Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Climate Initiatives Task Force could lead to missed opportunities for a faster, cheaper and easier impact on Louisiana’s carbon emissions problem. There are more than $6 billion in investments waiting to come to Louisiana right now that could supply a significant […]

Solar jobs want Louisiana, but the feeling isn't mutual

University of Louisiana at Lafayette studies solar farming despite pushback to renewable energy

BY: - August 11, 2021

LAFAYETTE — Just over a mile northwest of the Cajundome is a 5-acre plot of land flanked by neighborhoods of single-family homes and a commercial area to the north — not the type of zone one would normally expect to see a power plant — yet there one is, silently generating enough electricity to run […]

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Gov. Edwards announces $34M will be used in statewide flood mitigation projects

BY: - August 5, 2021

Around $34 million in federal funds will be used on flood mitigation projects throughout the state, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced in a Thursday news release.  The Council on Watershed Management approved13 flood risk reduction projects that were recommended by steering committees for Louisiana watershed regions. The total includes $3.43 million for East Natchitoches drainage […]

Lt. Gov. Nungesser raises objections to Louisiana’s coastal restoration project — again

BY: - August 3, 2021

Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser has again raised objections to a $1.4 billion coastal restoration project that Louisiana’s state government has said for years is key to combating the state’s land loss. “I just can’t understand why more people are not outraged,” Nungesser, a Republican, said at the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday.  Nungesser has been […]