hurricane laura

Insurance commissioner doubles down as State Farm refuses evacuation expenses

White House seeks at least $24B to aid Louisiana, other states struck by hurricanes, wildfires

BY: - September 7, 2021

WASHINGTON — The White House is urging Congress to approve at least $24 billion — and likely more — for disaster relief, saying that the aid should be included in a short-term spending bill expected this month. That tally includes $14 billion for recovery costs related to extreme weather events including hurricanes, floods and wildfires during […]


Extreme weather causes homelessness and threatens people experiencing homelessness | Clarence J. Adams Sr.

BY: - July 22, 2021

As we witness a staggering increase in extreme weather caused by the climate crisis, a community we so often forget about is disproportionately suffering from its vast impacts: the homeless. During temperature extremes, severe weather and flooding, the majority of us have homes in which to shelter. But many have nowhere to turn.  The National […]

Acadiana’s hotel shelters wind down as COVID-19 and housing insecurity persist

BY: - April 2, 2021

This story was originally published by The Current, a nonprofit news organization serving Lafayette and southern Louisiana. Pillows are in short supply at the Lafayette warehouse operated by the Acadiana Regional Coalition on Homelessness and Housing. But not pillowcases. Workers with ARCH have gathered and stocked home necessities for dozens of families delivered into stable housing […]

Insurance companies reminded to obey law after complaints stream into commissioner’s office

BY: - March 3, 2021

Following complaints against insurance companies that are refusing to give policyholders full copies of their policies and refusing to work with public adjusters, Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon released a statement Wednesday reminding insurers of their legal obligations to consumers as they work on claims from the devastating 2020 hurricane season and last month’s extreme […]

Insurance claim deadline for Hurricane Laura is Tuesday

BY: - February 22, 2021

Tuesday, Feb. 23, marks the 180-day insurance claim deadline for Louisiana policyholders to file a proof of loss for any claims related to Hurricane Laura, and similar deadlines are approaching for hurricanes Delta and zeta. Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon urged all property and casualty insurers to grant deadline extensions to property insurance policyholders who […]

White House amends Louisiana’s Hurricane Laura disaster declaration

BY: - February 22, 2021

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Monday that President Joe Biden has “made additional disaster assistance available” to Louisiana by “authorizing an increase in the level of federal funding for Public Assistance projects undertaken in the State of Louisiana as a result of Hurricane Laura during the period of August 22 to August 27, 2020.” […]

Winter storm leaves Louisiana with 1 million under boil-water notice and 125k without power 

BY: - February 18, 2021

Much of the state remained bleak in the wake of a deadly winter storm that pierced Louisiana this week as nearly a million residents remained under boil-water advisories and 125,000 were without electricity in frigid temperatures as of noon Thursday, Gov. John Bel Edwards said. Of those without power, about 20,000 — mostly in the […]

Evictions, homelessness surge in southwest Louisiana after hurricanes

BY: - February 18, 2021

A pre-existing housing crisis in Lake Charles, along with slow federal aid, have left some renters unhoused for nearly six months. This story from is third in a three-part series supported by the Pulitzer Center about how southwest Louisiana is recovering from Hurricanes Laura and Delta amid the pandemic. Read the first and second. […]

Hurricane Laura evacuees have been forced to move 5 times in 5 months, lawyers say

BY: - January 26, 2021

A team of New Orleans lawyers and the National Center for Law and Economic Justice fired off a series of public records requests Monday as part of their investigation into how the state and federal governments have handled the thousands of Louisiana residents displaced by Hurricanes Laura and Zeta. Nearly five months after two major […]

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‘They’re so weary’: Louisiana teachers recover from back-to-back hurricanes during the pandemic

BY: - December 29, 2020

This story was originally published in Southerly magazine with The Hechinger Report. It is second in a three-part series supported by the Pulitzer Center about how southwest Louisiana is recovering from Hurricanes Laura and Delta amid the pandemic. Read the first story here.   Every weekday morning, Dr. Lisa Morgan wakes up at 3:45 a.m. at […]

Lake Charles and all of Southwest Louisiana deserve your Christmas generosity

BY: - December 25, 2020

KD Minor’s memories of Christmastime in Calcasieu Parish begin with the smell. “Lots of bonfires,” she said Wednesday. “That smell of burning wood and the Christmas lights down Lakeshore Drive.”  Christmas in Lake Charles, she said, “is when all the kids who left come back.” This Christmas, though, many families in Southwest Louisiana have nothing […]

The end of the 2020 hurricane season?

BY: - November 30, 2020

There’s no guarantee that another storm won’t form before the end of the year — one formed on Dec. 30 in 2005 —  but Nov. 30 marked the official end of the 2020 hurricane season, the likes of which neither Louisiana or the country has seen before. Twelve named storms hit the United States in […]