Emergency officials and elected leaders in Lafayette Parish are keeping an eye on the Gulf but don’t expect Lafayette Parish to suffer a direct blow from Tropical Storm Isaac, which is expected to grow into a hurricane before making landfall sometime overnight/early Wednesday.
Officials at the parish’s Emergency Operations Center have been meeting regularly to assess the situation; at present Lafayette is expected to experience wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour and 2-4 inches of rain. With summer rainfall totals above average and the ground saturated, there is some concern over flooding in low-lying areas. Sand bags are being distributed at four locations in the parish: the LCG North District Barn; 130 Shantel Road (old landfill), the LCG South District Barn at 1017 Fortune Road, the George Dupuis Center (Brown Park), 1212 E. Pont Des Mouton Road and at the Robichaux Rec Center at 1919 Eraste Landry Road.
The Diocese Central Office is closed today and tomorrow and UL and the Lafayette public schools are closed Wednesday. City-Parish President Joey Durel signed an emergency declaration this morning, which makes the parish eligible for state and federal financial assistance, yet tonight’s City-Parish Council meeting is currently still scheduled to go on as planned at 5:30 p.m.
The Daily Advertiser has a comprehensive list of closures related to the storm here.
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OCT 31 The National Journal posts another story from its visit to NOLA, this one about the struggling Vietnamese shrimpers in the area. The publication has been looking at how the state is recovering from Katrina, nine years later.
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OCT 31 Here's an AP story on the ABC site about Louisiana's chicken little response to an international medical conference planned in NOLA this weekend. Organizers (who are actual physicians, as opposed to the hand-wringing state officials who issued the edicts) say the orders are "unfortunate" given that a main focus of the meeting was Ebola.
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OCT 31 Us old folks are used to a two-party system, although most of us aren't sold on its success. But what if that system wasn't in place; what if politics reflected the true level of diversity among voters? That's what an LSU student is dreaming of in this editorial. He sees the two parties' control of our politics as limiting.
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OCT 30 Blogger Tom Aswell is still all over the OGB mess - and all by himself, apparently. In this post, he's revealing orders from the Jindal administration to destroy records from the state employee health insurance plan. Those orders (he's heard) have angered the Secretary of State and caused an administration lawyer to quit her job. Wow!
OCT 30 A NOLA lady has alleged she was drugged and raped at a Bywater club that had a clothing-optional policy until recently, and she's now become the victim of a smear campaign, columnist Jarvis DeBerry writes in this post. She chose to reveal her story and her name, and she's being punished for that now, he says.
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