Louisiana News

CoreLogic: Hurricane Ida Threatens 941K Homes with $220B in Rebuilding Cost

Severe wind, surge inundation and extended heavy rainfall endanger more than 941,000 homes with a reconstruction cost value of all at-risk homes totaling more than $220 billion, catastrophe modeling firm CoreLogic reported on Sunday. The central Louisiana coast is at …

$40M in Hurricane Laura Repairs at Louisiana College

A southwest Louisiana community college says it has nearly completed more than $40 million in repairs and rebuilding needed because of damage from last year’s Hurricane Laura. The need for skilled workers to repair buildings around the area has boosted …

Massive 2016 Flood Still Defines South Louisiana Parish

Jennifer Carnevale’s yard can hold 23 inches of water before her house floods. She knows because her family has seen the water cross that all-important threshold, twice. “We’ve measured it,” the 46-year-old mom of three said. Their home in Country …

Court Won’t Revive Louisiana Suit in Death of Man Who Yelled ‘Kill Me’

An appeals court has refused to revive a lawsuit in the death of a man who shouted “Kill me” while endangering the life of a Louisiana sheriff’s lieutenant in 2016. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week …

Louisiana Orders Insurer to Halt Non-Renewing Homeowners Policies after 2020 Hurricane Season

Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon has ordered GeoVera Specialty Insurance Co. to stop non-renewing Louisiana homeowners policies in violation of state law. In a cease and desist order issued last week, Donelon told the California surplus lines company that it …

NASA Looking at Louisiana Delta System

Erosion, sinking land and sea rise from climate change have killed the Louisiana woods where a 41-year-old Native American chief played as a child. Not far away in the Mississippi River delta system, middle-school students can stand on islands that …

Louisiana Lawmakers Eyeing Hurricanes Tackle Water System Upgrades

Spurred by recent hurricanes and a rare winter storm that demonstrated the frailty of Louisiana’s public water supply, lawmakers have set their attention on improving the state’s troubled water systems. Legislators created a new grading metric for community water systems, …

Seacor: Pay Debt With $25M in Overturned Louisiana Boat’s Insurance

The owner of an offshore oilfield boat that overturned off Louisiana plans to use $25 million in insurance on the vessel to pay down part of the Texas company’s debts. Attorneys for families of men killed when the Seacor Power …

COVID-19 Legislative Session in Louisiana Began This Week

Only three months removed from their last gathering, Louisiana legislators returned Monday for a special session focused on the coronavirus outbreak, with deepening rifts between Gov. John Bel Edwards and Republican lawmakers over the appropriate response to the pandemic. The …

Louisiana Teachers Positive for Virus Days Before School

Since returning to their classrooms to prepare for the opening of in-person instruction next week, a “handful” of Jefferson Parish teachers have tested positive for the coronavirus, a newspaper reported this week, citing school officials. The exact number of infections …