Science and Environment

Hurricane Isaac
12:57 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

FEMA Assistance Registration Deadline Approaches

Louisiana homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage after Hurricane Isaac have only three days left to register with FEMA for disaster assistance. Thursday is also the day the state’s two remaining Disaster Recovery Centers will close.

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Smart Growth
6:48 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Bike-Only in Baton Rouge

Bicyclist Mark Martin with his two wheels.
Credit Drew Walker/WRKF

Ideas for making transportation infrastructure more bike-friendly are up for discussion at the annual Louisiana Smart Growth Summit downtown this week.

Wednesday, Nov. 28, Baton Rouge Advocates for Safe Streets will give some officials, planning experts, and citizens at the summit a taste of what it’s like to get around the capitol city by bike now.

Mark Martin, who founded the bike advocacy group in 2006, navigates his daily routine here with only two wheels.


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Isaac's Aftermath
12:00 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Isaac Surcharge on Electric Bills Likely

Entergy is estimating Hurricane Isaac caused between $400 to $500 million worth of damage to its power grid. Some of the repair costs is very likely to fall on customers.

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Isaac's Aftermath
12:00 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Citrus Growers See Worst Damage Ever From Hurricane Isaac

The LSU Ag Center reports that Hurricane Isaac caused the worst damage in memory to citrus crops in Plaquemines Parish.

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Isaac's Aftermath
12:00 am
Thu September 13, 2012

FEMA Opens Nearly 20 Disaster Recovery Centers After Issac

It's been two weeks since Hurricane Isaac hit Louisiana and FEMA has since opened 18 disaster recovery centers across the state.

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Isaac's Aftermath
12:00 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Parish Leaders Sound Flood Protection Refrain

St. John Parish Public Safety Director Jobe Boucvalt explains the path taken be Isaac's flood waters to members of the legislature's Hurricane Recovery Committee. (WRKF/Amy Jeffries)

The state legislature's Hurricane Recovery Committee took a tour of some of the worst damage in Isaac's path Monday. At every stop, local officials called for flood protection.


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Isaac's Aftermath
12:00 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Power Being Restored At Same Pace As After Katrina, Gustav

The state Public Service Commission reported Monday that about 131,000 homes and businesses were still without electricity. That's about 6-percent of customers state-wide.

After Isaac came ashore six days ago, more than 900,000 were without power.

Entergy, the state's largest electricity provider, was able to make significant progress restoring power over the weekend thanks to, in part, new technology that pin-points damage in specific lines.

But as Entergy spokeswoman Sheila Pounders told WRKF's Ashley Westerman, the speed of restoration is still about the same as it was after Katrina, Gustav and Rita. And that, at this point, the level of restoration varies from place to place.


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Hurricane Isaac
12:00 am
Wed August 29, 2012

As Isaac Approaches Baton Rouge, Holden Says Safety Is Priority

Mayor-President Kip Holden at the East Baton Rouge Parish Emergency Operations Center.
Credit WRKF/Ashley Westerman

As Isaac approaches Baton Rouge, city officials are now on a 24-hour information cycle to better inform and help residents.

WRKF's Ashley Westerman spoke with East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden And he says wind and rain are the main concern as the Isaac hits the Capital Area.


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Severe Weather
12:00 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Red Cross Here To Open Shelters and Offer Relief From Isaac

Tropical Storm Isaac has prompted the opening of emergency evacuation shelters all over the state. As of right now, East Baton Rouge Parish has no opened shelters.

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Severe Weather
12:00 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Staying Off Roads Is Fastest Way To Clean Up After Isaac

Since Isaac is such a slow moving storm, as Holden said, strong winds for a long period of time are going to be a concern.

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