Dead nutria wash up on N.O. lakefront

The Mississippi Gulf Coast isn’t the only place dead nutria washed ashore after Hurricane Isaac. Mandeville Mayor Donald Villere said debris on the Lake Pontchartrain lakefront included a thousand dead nutria and some other animals, The Associated Press reported Thursday.

Villere said those included dead fish, a dead alligator and some feral hogs.

Villere said the city got state permission to dump the dead animals in a closed parish landfill. He says city crews dug a hole, dumped in the bodies, and filled the hole back in.

Thousands of dead nutria also washed up on the beaches in Mississippi’s Harrison and Hancock counties.

Work resumes on I-10, I-12 in BR, Livingston

(AP) — Work to widen Interstates 10 and 12 in East Baton Rouge and Livingston parishes has resumed.

The state Department of Transportation and Development had suspended construction on the interstates as Hurricane Isaac approached last week to speed evacuation and help emergency workers.

With activities beginning to return to normal, DOTD said Wednesday that it had instructed construction contractors to resume work.

The widening project is expected to be complete by mid-2013.

Storm damage could force assessors to adjust

(AP) — The state Tax Commission says this year’s tax assessments may be reduced for property damaged by Hurricane Isaac.

The Courier (http://bit.ly/NO5JGq ) reports that the process of asking tax assessors for a review varies among parishes.

For example, St. Tammany Parish Assessor Patricia Schwarz Core said she wants property owners to contact her office now, and she is making review forms available online.

But in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes, the assessors’ offices want residents and businesses to wait until after this year’s tax notifications are mailed out before asking for a review.

Officials from both parishes say notifications will go out around Thanksgiving week, if not earlier. Terrebonne and Lafourche property owners will have six months after that to appeal assessments based on damage from Hurricane Isaac.

Isaac seepage closes New Orleans Museum of Art

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Museum of Art says it is closed because water from soil saturated by Hurricane Isaac is seeping into the basement, administrative offices and other areas.

Seepage into the basement of the century-old building was a major hurdle in its recover from Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The Times-Picayune (http://bit.ly/RGd3mI) reports that events in the Besthoff Sculpture Garden are continuing. The sculpture garden re-opened Sept. 1.

A statement from the museum says it has maintained climate control in the building, but cannot open it to the public to maintain proper conditions during work to assess and fix the damage.

NOMA representatives have said that no artworks were damaged by Isaac or the resultant below-ground leaks. No reopening date has been issued.

La. offices still closed in St. John, Plaquemines

(AP) — Because of continued safety concerns after Hurricane Isaac, Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater says state government offices will remain closed in St. John the Baptist and Plaquemines parishes.

The offices will be closed Thursday and Friday.

State offices in other parishes have reopened since the storm.

Federal tax deadline pushed back because of Isaac

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Individuals who filed for an extension on their 2011 federal income tax returns will get a little extra time to make their filing, thanks to Hurricane Isaac.

The Internal Revenue Service said Wednesday that it will push the deadline for filing extended returns back to Jan. 11, 2013. The deadline had been Oct. 15.

The extended deadlines are being applied to storm-impacted parishes and counties in Louisiana and Mississippi.

The Times Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/OnoNae ) tax deadlines that impact corporations and businesses were also pushed back to Jan. 11, including a Sept. 17 deadline for companies to file their extended 2011 tax returns.

Estimated tax payments for the third quarter, which businesses would normally have had to file by Sept. 17, are also not due until Jan.11.