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More than 6,500 Still in Louisiana Shelters After Hurricanes

More than 6,500 people are still in temporary shelters after back-to-back hurricanes hit Louisiana, according to the state, but some are being told to leave. The Department of Children and Family Services said about 6,430 people are in shelters because …

Louisianans Warned of Contractor Fraud Following Dual Hurricanes

Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon and State Representative Jonathan Goudeau are warning residents affected by Hurricanes Laura and Delta that both the Louisiana Department of Insurance and Rep. Goudeau’s office have received complaints of contractors working in hard-hit areas requesting …

Pre-Delta, Gov. Edwards Declares State of Emergency in Louisiana

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Delta, which is on track to hit his state later this week. The Democratic governor called Delta an “incredibly dangerous storm that will bring heavy winds, …

Close Call with Laura Renewed Debate over Houston Storm Surge Barrier

Houston, a Gulf Coast city that barely rises above sea level, has long worried about a worst-case weather scenario — a direct hit from a powerful storm that sends a wall of water barreling into the region’s petrochemical facilities, possibly …

Louisiana Utility: Hurricane Laura Repair Costs Now at $1.4B

A Louisiana utility says the cost to restore electricity and repair power lines damaged in the state during Hurricane Laura is now up to $1.4 billion. Entergy Corp., the New Orleans-based utility serving many of the areas affected by the …

Using Building Codes and Property Characteristics to Keep up With 2020 Hurricane Season

This post is part of a series sponsored by CoreLogic. Though the COVID-19 pandemic is occupying most of our attention at the moment, hurricane season has begun and natural catastrophes never take a holiday. Forecasts for 2020 have projected higher …

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 …

Hurricane Laura Hit Louisiana Oil Storage Site; No Shortages Expected

Hurricane Laura caused significant damage at a site holding about 30% of the nation’s store of emergency crude oil, but three other sites still have plenty of petroleum, U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette said on Sept. 9. The damaged Strategic …

Post-Hurricane Laura Mosquito Clouds Killing Louisiana Livestock

Clouds of mosquitoes have been so thick in southwest Louisiana since Hurricane Laura that they’re killing cattle and horses. Farmers in a five-parish area east and northeast of the parishes where the storm made its landfall Aug. 27 have probably …

Drones, Satellite Images Used to Assess Coastal Damage from Hurricane Laura

Hurricane Laura was hardly done ripping across Louisiana before scientists started combing through satellite imagery and drone footage and preparing to survey coastal areas to see what damage was caused by the monster storm. Southwest Louisiana’s gulf coast is a …