Articles by Chevel Johnson

Hurricane Laura Evacuees Protest Slow FEMA Aid

About two dozen Hurricane Laura evacuees and their advocates marched through the streets of New Orleans on Thursday to protest what they called the “slow response” from the federal government on getting them needed financial assistance. Evacuees from Lake Charles, …

Lake Charles Evacuees Facing Evictions After Hurricane Laura

Nearly 200 families forced hundreds of miles from their homes when Hurricane Laura struck southwest Louisiana are now facing threats of eviction, an attorney said. Bill Quigley, an attorney at Loyola University’s College of Law, said 191 people who live …

Louisiana Governor: Masks Required, Bars to Be Closed Statewide

Gov. John Bel Edwards has ratcheted up Louisiana’s restrictions to combat the coronavirus’s spread, instituting a statewide mask mandate, putting tougher limits on group gatherings and shuttering bars. The tightened requirements took effect on July 13. The order is aimed …

Collapse of Hotel in New Orleans Leaves 1 Dead, 3 Missing

A Hard Rock Hotel under construction at the edge of New Orleans’ historic French Quarter collapsed Saturday morning, leaving at least one person dead and three unaccounted for, authorities said. Nearby buildings were evacuated and officials said the building and …

State Paying to Move Residents as Louisiana Island Shrinks

The effects of global warming can be seen and touched in Louisiana, where officials have begun buying higher ground to relocate an entire town in a bayou being swallowed by higher seas. The Louisiana Office of Community Development announced Tuesday …

Louisiana Joins Lawsuit to Block Flood Insurance Hike

Louisiana’s Department of Insurance has joined a lawsuit filed by Mississippi against the federal government to try to block rates from increasing Oct. 1 in the National Flood Insurance Program. Commissioner Jim Donelon said that the department had filed an …

Mayor: New Orleans’ Disaster Loans Will Be Forgiven

The City of New Orleans has received word that the federal government is forgiving its $240 million in disaster loans received after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Mayor Mitch Landrieu said. Storm-ravaged local government agencies across Louisiana – sheriffs, school boards, …