Winter storm

President Biden approves Louisiana disaster declaration

BY: - March 9, 2021

President Joe Biden made a major disaster declaration for Louisiana and ordered federal assistance to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe winter storms Feb. 11 to 19, the administration announced Tuesday. “We appreciate President Biden’s approval for this assistance. Winter weather events on this magnitude or not a […]

Louisianians encouraged to report winter storm damage to state

BY: - February 21, 2021

The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness announced Saturday that it is seeking information from residents who sustained damage to their homes or businesses during last week’s storm. GOHSEP has placed a self-reporting survey at damage.la.gov. According to the office, the survey “will help local and state emergency managers collect data to move […]

Water problems cause lingering state office closures

BY: - February 21, 2021

State offices in Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, DeSoto, Red River and Webster parishes will remain closed one week after a destructive winter storm passed through Louisiana, Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne announced Sunday evening. State offices in those northwest Louisiana parishes will be closed Monday, February 22 “due to continuing water pressure problems caused by the severe […]

Vaccinations slow after storms delay shipments of 6 million COVID-19 doses

BY: - February 19, 2021

WASHINGTON — The extreme cold weather across much of the country has delayed 6 million COVID-19 vaccine doses, slowing a vaccination rate that has been steadily rising since the Biden administration took office last month. The backlogged doses account for roughly three days’ of delayed shipments affecting all 50 states, due to road closures, snowed-in […]

COMMENTARY

When it’s cold outside, it doesn’t have to be cold inside

BY: - February 19, 2021

Our country seems to love nothing so much as a distracting and ill-timed debate, and so it was that during this week’s dangerously cold weather, a new battle in the energy culture war was heating up. Specifically, Big Oil partisans were claiming — incorrectly — that the week’s failures of the power grid proved the […]

Feds ramp up emergency help for states hit by extreme weather

BY: - February 18, 2021

WASHINGTON—White House officials said Thursday that they have been in close touch with governors in storm-stricken states including Louisiana and Kansas to extend emergency assistance—but they also stressed the role of climate change in the weather crisis that has gripped large swaths of the nation. “The extreme weather events that we’re experiencing this week across […]

As Louisiana continues freezing Gov. Edwards asks Biden for emergency declaration

BY: - February 18, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards asked President Joe Biden to declare an emergency in Louisiana in response to a winter storm that has caused multiple deaths, power outages and water shortages across the state. In a letter the governor sent Wednesday evening, Edwards writes, “Extreme winter weather, including record low temperatures, snow, sleet and freezing rain, has […]

Louisiana state government offices to be closed in 36 of 64 parishes Thursday

BY: - February 17, 2021

State offices across Louisiana were shut down the first three days of the week, and on Wednesday afternoon, Louisiana Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne announced that in more than half the state those offices will remain closed Thursday because of continuing bad weather. Dardenne announced office closures for Allen, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Calcasieu, […]

Louisiana’s frigid temps continue; state offices closed for 3rd consecutive day

BY: - February 17, 2021

Louisiana state offices will be closed for the third consecutive day Wednesday, Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne announced Tuesday evening.  Much of Louisiana was still dealing with the effects of a dangerous and deadly winter storm Tuesday, and Dardenne said he was keeping state offices closed “due to hazardous conditions caused by severe winter weather.” […]