Hurricane Isaac rescuers nominated for award

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Sen. Mary Landrieu has nominated a father and son credited with rescuing dozens of neighbors from Hurricane Isaac’s floodwaters for an award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.

The Louisiana Democrat said Friday that she nominated 53-year-old Jesse Shaffer III and his 25-year-old son, Jesse, for the Citizen Service Before Self Honors award because they showed “an extraordinary amount of courage, sacrifice and selfless service” during the storm.

Landrieu said the Shaffers used a boat to rescue 120 people and several animals while Isaac’s winds and rising water prevented police and fire officials from reaching stranded residents in Braithwaite.

Three citizens receive the award every year. The awards are scheduled to be presented in March 2013.

St. Bernard gets hay for Isaac-affected horses

CHALMETTE (AP) — The Louisiana State Animal Response Team has sent 360 bales of hay to St. Bernard Parish Animal Services to horses affected by Hurricane Isaac.

Parish officials said Monday the hay was divided between Poydras Arena and a farm where displaced horses from Plaquemines Parish were being housed. It was also distributed from those two locations to St. Bernard residents whose horses were affected by the storm, which hit the state last month.

Property owners urged to watch out for termites

(AP) — State authorities are urging builders and homeowners to take steps to prevent the spread of termites as they rebuild after Hurricane Isaac.

Agriculture and Forestry Secretary Mike Strain said residents can contact the Department of Agriculture and Forestry at 225-925-4578 to be sure the pesticide company they hire is certified and licensed.

Treatments and annual inspections are recommended. Between inspections, Strain said property owners should periodically inspect their home or business for evidence of termites.

More information is available at the department’s pesticide and environmental programs website, www.ldaf.state.la.us.