Hurricane Isaac

Politics
8:17 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

GOHSEP, Guard Adjust After $15M of Ice Wasted

Bags of ice ordered for Hurricane Isaac melting in a Lacombe, La. warehouse.
Credit Louisiana Inspector General

As Hurricane Isaac was bearing down on Louisiana last August, the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness bought 773 truckloads of bagged ice from Pelican Ice in Kenner for $17.4 million.

Only $2.4 million worth actually got distributed by the Louisiana National Guard to the public.

Some was given away for free to restaurants and other private businesses. One retailer even repackaged and sold some.

Nearly half of the ice was allowed to melt in an un-refrigerated warehouse in Lacombe.

Last week, the state Inspector General issued a scathing report about the blunder.

GOHSEP spokesman Mike Steele and the Guard’s public affairs officer Lt. Col. Michael Kazmierzak say they have revised supplier contracts and improved tracking to prevent so much ice from going to waste again.


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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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