"We want to make sure that we've exhausted our other registrants from Rita [before reopening the dome]," says American Red Cross Public Affairs Officer Donna Gillroy.
Starting Sunday afternoon through about midday Monday, the Convention Center had taken in 624 Hurricane Rita evacuees from Lake Charles, Sulphur and Cameron Parish, according to Gillroy. "Most of their homes are absolutely gone," she says.
The Cajundome sustained minor damages to roof paneling during Hurricane Rita, and the roof was expected to be repaired by mid-week. Gillroy said they were tentatively planning to bring Hurricane Katrina evacuees back to the dome on Thursday.
"We want to make sure we have adequate staff, adequate security. We really want to do it the right way because [the evacuees] are in a tough psychological and emotional position, so we want to make the transition as smooth as possible."
The process of moving evacuees from one shelter to another proved unsettling for many when the Cajundome moved approximately 850 Hurricane Katrina evacuees to two shelters in Shreveport last weekend. On Saturday, Cajundome Director Greg Davis told The Daily Advertiser that many of the evacuees had been "treated like criminals" after they arrived in Shreveport and were greeted by military guards with M-16s.
Gillroy says guards were outside the Southern University at Shreveport shelter with M-16s strapped on their backs, but that they did not show any aggression to the evacuees. She said many of the evacuees panicked due to compounding stress.
"Some of these people have been moved five times," she says. "Many of them are frightened to death. They didn't know exactly where they were going. They were embraced when they got there, but when they saw the soldiers they thought, 'Oh no. Now what's happening?' Wouldn't you?"
Gov. Bobby Jindal offered a budget proposal that suggests new education and health care spending, pay raises for state workers and an incentive fund to encourage colleges to enhance their science, engineering and technology training.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday, March 11, 2014:
Hopefully he’ll be better prepared today than he was in that Feb. 20 deposition.
They came by the hundreds, arriving from all regions of the state to gather on the steps of our Capitol in protest of the Legislature’s long tradition of giving industry the go-ahead to abuse our air, our water and our coastline, all in the name of good economics.
Gov. Bobby Jindal’s recent rhetoric against President Barack Obama has failed to boost his standing among the conservative base.
Louisiana's annual legislative session begins.
The state has hired marksmen to shoot feral hogs from helicopters at two wildlife management areas in south Louisiana.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
The Lafayette Parish School Board leaves a lot to be desired, but is scrapping the election process in favor of an appointed board the answer?
The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.
A federal appeals panel ruled Monday that businesses don't have to prove that they were directly harmed by BP's 2010 Gulf Of Mexico oil spill to collect settlement payments.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has closed Interstate 10 from I-49 in Lafayette to Seigen Lane in Baton Rouge.