Gov. Bobby Jindal estimates that the cost of Hurricane Gustav to the state of Louisiana is around $210 million, but that number is expected to rise. Last week, Jindal sent a letter to the White House requesting that the federal government pick up 100 percent of the tab for debris removal and emergency protective measures, as well as the federal assistance provided during the storm and immediately after it.
Here's how the state estimates its expenses so far:
Shelters (DSS): $13.5 million
Medical special needs shelters (Office of Public Health, DHH): $3.3 million
Medical special needs transportation (Office of Public Health, DHH): $6.1 million
Evacuation costs (DOTD): $21 million
Fuel costs for Dept of Agriculture and Forestry: $5 million
Generators (DNR): $20 million
GOHSEP costs (estimated):
Animal Carriers & Supplies: $710K
Levee Protection: $780K
MREs: $19.7 million
Satellite phones: $225K
Water: $2.5 million
Ice: $5.3 million
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.
Philip deMahy Sr., a once respected New Iberia ad exec, was sentenced May 2 to spend the next two years (he faced up to 100 years) in a state penitentiary after state and federal investigators found dozens of images depicting children engaged in lewd sexual acts on his personal computer.