"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?"
Lafayette Police have had a busy day.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration will use $130 million in patchwork financing from a tax amnesty program, insurance settlement, uninsured motorist penalties and other excess funds to close most of the state's midyear budget deficit.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu said she disagrees with President Barack Obama's actions on immigration, hoping the latest controversy doesn't worsen her campaign difficulties.
Gay-rights advocates challenging Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban announced Thursday that they have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review their case before it is heard by a federal appeals court.
Thinking himself the “son of God,” the man charged with the 2013 killing of an officer of the Chitimacha Tribal Police will not stand trial following a ruling Thursday on his mental competency.
Either Saints coach Sean Payton doesn't want to tip Baltimore off as to who'll start in New Orleans' secondary on Monday night, or he really doesn't know yet.
Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
Ten departing CEOs rake in $430 million; profile of FSU gunman emerges; Buffalo's weather woes and more national and international news for Friday, November 21, 2014.
The Ethics Board gives the lame duck Youngsville mayor permission to offer a sweet parting gift to the community he’s presided over for three terms.
The money came through a general obligation bond sale Thursday.
A legend in the Acadiana Oil Patch, Comeaux died Monday, Nov. 17.
With a growing number of alleged sexual assault victims coming out against Bill Cosby in recent weeks, upcoming projects have been canned by NBC and Netflix, but that won’t affect the once-loved comedian and actor’s scheduled performance in Lafayette.
The Baltimore Ravens' retooled secondary had no trouble against a rookie quarterback at home. This week, however, their task is far more challenging: stopping Drew Brees on the road in New Orleans.
Add Texas Gov. Rick Perry's name to the list of possible Republican presidential candidates flooding the campaign trail for GOP Senate candidate Bill Cassidy.
Gov. Bobby Jindal is in Florida this week with his fellow Republican governors for another gripe session aimed at their favorite target, the president, this time taking aim at his immigration plans.
Early voting for the runoff is shortened by two days because of the Thanksgiving holiday.
“Coach Don” Gagnard is running for school board. Today he offers his critique of the socioeconomic relationship between government subsidies and obesity.
Former Le Rosier chef who cooked at the James Beard House and was named one of the “Best New Chefs in America” by Food & Wine magazine in 1995 was 48.
Pat Cooper is contesting his termination by the LPSB, filing a petition Tuesday that calls the recent decision “arbitrary and capricious.”
A look at the numbers highlights the challenge facing Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu as she tries to win a fourth term in a Dec. 6 runoff against Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy.
Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising the new Republican majority will quickly resurrect Keystone XL pipeline legislation killed by Democrats, potentially setting up an early 2015 veto confrontation with President Barack Obama.
A national animal rights group has been rebuffed by a Baton Rouge district court judge, although the group might still get its day in court.
The administration says public college campuses won't be on the chopping block.
The legendary musician is performing at a $1,000-per-person fundraiser Dec. 1 in New Orleans.
Old savings and checking accounts, payroll checks, stocks and dividends, insurance proceeds, oil and gas royalty payments and other unclaimed money is sent to the state when a business cannot locate someone.