hurricane

Construction begins on West Shore Lake Pontchartrain hurricane protection

BY: - July 26, 2021

State and federal officials joined with the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority to break ground on construction of the West Shore Lake Pontchartrain project, which is designed to provide 100-year hurricane and storm surge protection to 60,000 residents in St. Charles, St. James, and St. John the Baptist parishes. The $760 million project will include […]

Louisiana Legislature passes bill to prohibit election donations

Legislature passes second attempt to prohibit election donations

BY: - May 20, 2021

The Louisiana Legislature passed a bill Thursday that would prohibit state and local officials from receiving money from private or nonprofit organizations to help defray election-related expenses — a measure that Gov. John Bel Edwards vetoed last year. House Bill 20, sponsored by Rep. Blake Miguez (R-Erath), is the second attempt by Republican lawmakers to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Louisiana climate task force holds first meeting

BY: - November 10, 2020

Louisiana’s Climate Initiatives Task Force, a body Gov. John Bel Edwards created through an Aug. 19 executive order,  held its inaugural meeting at the capitol building on Monday, and its chairperson said the task force’s effort will be about “leading us away from environmental disaster and economic hardship and towards a better future for our […]

Election generators cause argument between New Orleans mayor and sec. of state

BY: - November 2, 2020

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell and Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin spent Sunday accusing one another of failing to make sure all the city’s polling places will have power Tuesday, but by Sunday night it appeared that all the city’s voters will be able to vote at polling sites that have power. Cantrell announced […]

326,000 remain in dark two days after Hurricane Zeta

BY: - October 30, 2020

Two days after Hurricane Zeta hit the state with 110 mph winds, an estimated 326,000 customers in Louisiana remained without electricity Friday morning, down from a peak outage of more than half a million. A large percentage of those outages are in Jefferson Parish, where about 72 percent remained without power, Gov. John Bel Edwards […]

Polling places may be relocated due to Zeta

BY: - October 29, 2020

State and local officials are working to figure out how much damage Hurricane Zeta caused to polling locations across Southeast Louisiana and if any need to be relocated ahead of Tuesday’s presidential election.  The Category 2 storm made landfall in Cocodrie, an unincorporated fishing village in Terrebonne Parish about 85 miles southwest of New Orleans. […]

Hurricane Delta moves toward Louisiana

BY: - October 7, 2020

The National Weather Service in New Orleans has predicted Hurricane Delta to make landfall in South Louisiana Friday as a Category 3 storm. Although Delta reached Category 4 strength on Tuesday, it weakened as it struck the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico Wednesday morning and was later downgraded to a Category 2 in the afternoon. Nevertheless, […]

Lake Charles after Hurricane Laura

Hurricane Laura destroys, but volunteers rally to help Lake Charles survive

BY: - August 31, 2020

LAKE CHARLES — On Saturday, much of southwest Louisiana remained without electricity, water, food and other essential provisions in the wake of Hurricane Laura. While state and federal governments were still mobilizing assets, many residents turned to volunteers for help. Thousands of vehicles waited in long lines at a single distribution point in downtown Lake […]

Water outages force hospital evacuations in Southwest Louisiana

BY: - August 28, 2020

More than six dozen public water systems in Louisiana were knocked out of service when Hurricane Laura tore through the state Thursday, and the inability of those jurisdictions to provide clean water forced 10 hospitals to evacuate some or all of their patients, according to the Louisiana Department of Health. The health department said Thursday […]

Hurricane Laura was state’s most powerful storm but not as destructive as it could have been

BY: - August 27, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards described Hurricane Laura — which came ashore in Cameron Parish with 150-mile-per hour winds near 1 a.m. Thursday — as “the most powerful storm to ever make landfall in Louisiana.”  Even so, a storm surge that was not as high as predicted and a death toll that, as of Thursday afternoon, […]