"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?"
That’s what Lafayette Parish has obtained in Pentagon surplus since 2006.
Qualifying continues through Friday.
The political tilt of the Senate during President Barack Obama's final two years in office is likely to hinge on a handful of female contenders in tight and costly races.
A former BP executive will be allowed to travel to the United Kingdom later this month while he awaits trial on charges relating to an investigation of the 2010 Gulf oil spill.
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Thursday's Blogs from the Bog!
Friends and family will celebrate Spider's life in September.
Saints safety Jairus Byrd has rarely been so eager to hit and be hit, if only to reassure himself that his surgically repaired back is as healed as doctors believe.
Jindal privatized nearly all the LSU hospitals without waiting for federal officials to sign off on financing arrangements that rely on millions of federal Medicaid dollars.
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and her main Republican challenger, Congressman Bill Cassidy, verbally sparred as they officially signed up on the opening day of qualifying for Louisiana's November election.
Superintendent tells crowd he'd just emerged from a four-hour meeting with the attorney hired to investigate him.
The start of the three-day qualifying period for November’s elections has so far yielded 10 official bids and one new announcement from candidates seeking a seat on the school board.
It’s been just over four months since attorney Barry Domingue committed suicide the morning before he was to stand trial for a second day in the federal Curious Goods case, leaving his fellow attorney/co-defendant Daniel Stanford with a temporary mistrial and awaiting his day in court.
Candidates for Louisiana's Nov. 4 election must officially sign up for the ballot this week.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's effort to derail Louisiana's use of the Common Core education standards was halted Tuesday by a state judge who said the governor's actions were harmful to parents, teachers and students.
New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram isn't letting a humbling start to his pro career lower his opinion of what he can still accomplish in the NFL.
Visualize Lafayette’s next great thing from 3,000 feet.
A Baton Rouge judge issued a temporary restraining order Monday against enforcing a law that prohibits anyone 70 or older from running for justice of the peace or constable.
Gov. Bobby Jindal believes the last-minute passage of a pension hike for his state police superintendent, Col. Mike Edmonson, was improperly handled, according to the governor's office.
As the courts hash out the attempts to preserve and shelve Common Core in Louisiana, a group of six state lawmakers are planning an Aug. 22 trip to Oklahoma to meet with their counterparts and strategize for the 2015 regular session.
While hopes are high for turnout this fall, a new report from the Center for the Study of the American Electorate suggests that Louisiana's midterm face-offs may amount to nothing special in terms of votes cast.
The attorney hired by the Lafayette Parish School Board for a special investigation of Superintendent Pat Cooper has submitted his final report, though it may be another week before the findings are made public.
The Tea Party of Louisiana is calling Sen. David Vitter a “turncoat” for his newfound embrace of Common Core educational standards.
An annual report evaluating Gov. Bobby Jindal's privatization of Medicaid lacked important financial information and presented rosy performance reviews not corroborated by data, according to a review released Monday.
Lafayette attorney Michelle Meaux-Breaux has announced her plans to seek the Division E seat for judge in the 15th Judicial District.