When the nation's first coast-to-coast total eclipse since 1918 began to show up in New Orleans early Monday afternoon, 8-year-old John Oliver Steigner was ready.
Monday, August 21, 2017
Sunday, August 20, 2017
New Orleans, in consultation with state and federal officials, is developing a plan to evacuate the city if unusually heavy rainfall is expected while repairs are being made to the pumps and power turbines that drive its drainage system.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
As Michigan grapples with a never-before-seen invasion of red swamp "crayfish" threatening cities' infrastructures and ecosystems, mudbug experts from Lafayette have organized a Cajun culture lesson delivered in the way only Louisianians know how …
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Crys Aprill and her family began planning for the solar eclipse a year ago, determined to travel to see a total blocking of the sun instead of staying put and catching only a partial eclipse.
Sunday, August 13, 2017
When scientists began noticing Roseau cane dying near the mouth of the Mississippi River last year, it took months to find the likely culprit. Eventually, they concluded that a tiny insect known as the Roseau cane scale had made its way from Asia …
As New Orleans residents continue to fret about the risk of facing the height of hurricane season with a severely compromised drainage system, Mayor Mitch Landrieu acknowledged Sunday that the system has "never been fully operational."
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Newly released logs suggest that some of the city's operable drainage pumps sat idle for hours during last weekend's rain and flooding, potentially compounding problems caused by the pumps that had been taken offline for repairs.
Friday, August 11, 2017
The new flood insurance maps for Jefferson Parish were accepted by the federal government this week and will begin to affect property owners’ insurance rates beginning Feb. 18.
Ascension Parish residents Ben and Ashley Toman should be in Casper, Wyoming, or possibly at Carhenge in tiny Alliance, Nebraska, on Aug. 21 when the sun starts to disappear behind the moon — with prime viewing there shortly before 11:30 a.m. Cent…
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Joe Carr heard that the pumps were manned. He heard they were working, that they were turned on. Then, along with everyone else, he heard some of them weren’t.
Wednesday, August 09, 2017
CONVENT — St. James Parish President Timmy Roussel pledged Wednesday to "review every possibility" to create an alternative evacuation route for residents worried about industrial development encroaching on the parish's rural west bank.
Wednesday, August 09, 2017
Among the questions still swirling after Tuesday's explosive revelation that two Sewerage & Water Board pumping stations were far below their maximum capacity during Saturday’s flooding in New Orleans, one stood out: Why did the utility schedu…
MIAMI (AP) — U.S. forecasters say an Atlantic hurricane season that started off strong shows no signs of slowing down.
With 57 miles of coastline, St. Tammany Parish government finds itself on the front line when it comes to future decisions regarding environmental sustainability and flood protection.
Monday, August 07, 2017
Sodden sofas, dripping carpets and discarded drywall gathered in mounds alongside flood-damaged cars on Monday as Mayor Mitch Landrieu returned to a city still drying out, and in some cases seething, after Saturday's deluge submerged large portion…
Sunday, August 06, 2017
As buckets of water fell on New Orleans on Saturday afternoon, dumping several inches of rain onto parts of the city, many residents began sounding a familiar cry — that something had to be wrong with the city's massive system of pumps and canals.
First responders were busy on Saturday. Police officers, firefighters and paramedics responded to a combined 200 calls for service related to the storm, according to EMS spokeswoman Liz Belcher.
Janine Hayes was working her shift at the Port of Call restaurant on Esplanade Avenue, at the edge of the French Quarter, when the deluge started Saturday afternoon.
Monday, July 31, 2017
St. John the Baptist Parish is moving ahead with plans for a treatment plant intended to bring more reliable drinking water to some of the parish's rural residents.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
To protect lower- and middle-income families from floods, the federal government needs to flip the way it operates flood insurance, according to a study released Wednesday.
Friday, July 21, 2017
As temperatures rise in midsummer, so do concerns over the threat posed by the West Nile virus at this time of year.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
The chemical company at the center of a controversy over air pollution in St. John the Baptist Parish is digging in against residents who are demanding it take more drastic steps to curb emissions of a likely carcinogen called chloroprene.
The massive amount of infrastructure work expected in New Orleans in coming years could shake loose lead that will find its way into water pipes, and the Sewerage & Water Board needs to do more to ensure residents are not in danger, according …
Sunday, July 16, 2017
Four generations of the Olander family have shrimped the coast of Louisiana, but now Thomas Olander, chairman of the Louisiana Shrimp Association, is trying to convince his own son to get out of the family business while he's still young as the Mi…
The day when a cyclist can hop on the Tammany Trace in downtown Covington and ride all the way to Slidell's Heritage Park hasn't arrived yet, but the long-sought goal is slowly getting closer, thanks to a federal grant that will allow Slidell to c…
Saturday, July 15, 2017
The dusky gopher frog is an unimpressive-looking little creature: small, shy, covered with warts and facing likely extinction unless its habitat can be expanded.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
A new report from the U.S. Geological Survey shows that land loss in Louisiana has slowed from the often-cited rate of a football field of land every hour to a football field every 100 minutes.
Monday, July 10, 2017
Long before the first European explorers set foot on the Louisiana coast, residents of what is now the Netherlands already were dealing with problems caused by high water and low land elevation.
Friday, July 07, 2017
Mayor Mitch Landrieu unveiled a plan Friday to cut New Orleans’ greenhouse gas emissions by half over 13 years — an effort to combat at the local level what he called the “existential threat” of climate change and to jump-start a wave of new jobs …
Thursday, July 06, 2017
Squirt, an 11-month old turtle raised by a team of volunteers, flailed its legs in the air as it was lowered into the marshes off a barrier island near Grand Isle.
The state has added 1,777 acres of West Bank wetlands on the west side of the St. Charles Parish-Jefferson Parish line to the Salvador Wildlife Management Area in a deal made possible by the conservation group Ducks Unlimited.
MIAMI (AP) — A new tropical depression is moving across the Atlantic but isn't expected to become a tropical storm.
Wednesday, July 05, 2017
A Vermilion Parish government lawsuit blaming wetlands loss on exploration canals and waste disposal pits left after decades of oil and gas drilling must be heard in state court, a federal magistrate in Lafayette has found.
Monday, July 03, 2017
As controversy continues to swirl around a LaPlace chemical plant that has been cited for emitting high levels of chloroprene into the air, 13 St. John the Baptist Parish residents have filed a lawsuit against the facility's current and previous o…
Friday, June 30, 2017
Tropical Storm Cindy didn't dump nearly as much rain on south Louisiana as forecasters said it might, but that didn't stop June 2017 from ranking as one of the wettest on record.
Sunday, June 25, 2017
After sending investigators into the Denka Performance Elastomer plant for five days last year to find out why it was discharging troubling amounts of chloroprene into the air, the Environmental Protection Agency has found that the LaPlace chemica…
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Armed with pitchforks, Stacy McGaha and Pat Willging climbed into a canoe Saturday, ready to do battle with an invasive plant growing along the edges of upper Bayou St. John, not far from Lake Pontchartrain.
Friday, June 23, 2017
Residents along Louisiana's coast in Plaquemines, St. Bernard and Jefferson parishes breathed a little easier Friday as the tides pushed inland by winds from Tropical Storm Cindy this week finally began to recede and thoughts turned to getting rea…
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Tropical Storm Cindy may have been a flop in much of southern Louisiana, but it continued to pose a serious danger Thursday to the coastal communities of Plaquemines and Jefferson parishes.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
The expected wallop from Tropical Storm Cindy mostly failed to materialize in Louisiana on Wednesday, as the storm sucked in a patch of dry air that helped break up the bands of rain sweeping over the southern part of the state.
The dryer air that has held Cindy down will prevent it from strengthening but won't stop feeder bands from potentially pummeling the area, according to WWL Chief Meteorologist Carl Arredondo.
A tornado warning has been passed without incident in the Manchac area of Louisiana, according to the National Weather Service. The warning covered parts of Tangipahoa, Livingston and St. John parishes.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal scientists say this summer could see the third-largest dead zone ever recorded in the Gulf of Mexico: a New Jersey-sized area with too little oxygen to support marine life.