BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A nursing home owner in Louisiana who lost the state licenses for his seven facilities after moving hundreds of residents to a poorly equipped warehouse as Hurricane Ida approached has now been barred from federal health care programs.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A three-day comment period opens Tuesday for a proposed group housing site for Hurricane Ida survivors in one southeast Louisiana parish, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Monday.
The Puerto Rican food scene had reached its peak. Young chefs were inventing delicious new creations, restaurants popped up all over the island, the industry was no longer reliant on tourist season.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A deputy in South Carolina whose police van was swept away by floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, drowning two women seeking mental health treatment trapped in a cage in the back was sentenced Thursday to 18 years in prison.
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (AP) — President Joe Biden warned Wednesday that the country will likely see “another tough hurricane season” this year, and he pledged that his administration was prepared to respond to the storms and help Americans recover from them.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A deputy charged in the deaths of two women who drowned in a locked police van in 2018 ignored barricades and drove into rapidly rising floodwaters against advice from his supervisors and officials on the South Carolina highway, a prosecutor said Monday.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards encouraged state residents to stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters as hurricane season approaches, saying at a Wednesday afternoon news conference that he was about to get his second booster — his fourth COVID-19 shot overall.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Once silenced by the COVID-19 pandemic, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival opened Friday for the first time in three years — a long awaited 2022 revival that holds echoes of 2006 when the annual celebration of music and culture went on even after Hurricane Katrina.
PRINCEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — As she exits her hometown’s only restaurant clutching an order of cabbage and hush puppies, Carolyn Suggs Bandy pauses to boast about a place that stakes its claim as the oldest town chartered by Black Americans nearly 140 years ago.
There’s something about hurricanes starting with the letter I that is particularly nasty. Last year’s Ida now joins the list of storms so deadly their names don’t get used again.
The World Meteorological Organization said Wednesday that it was retiring the name “Ida” from its list of Atlantic hurricane names that repeats every six years.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — When Hurricane Ida hit last summer, a storm surge overwhelmed a levee and gushed into Ted Falgout’s coastal Louisiana home, destroying his furniture and the beloved framed photos of his twin sons kissing him on their first day of school, then again when they graduated high school.
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Registration has started for a new program to help low- and moderate-income Lake Charles residents fix 2020 hurricane damage to their homes, and Mayor Nic Hunter says he expects it to fill up fast.
Easter’s message of renewal will be especially poignant this year for four U.S. congregations rebounding from disasters.
Their churches were destroyed by a tornado in Kentucky, gutted by a blaze in New York City, shattered when Hurricane Ida hit the Louisiana coast, and filled with smoke and ash by the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Emergency preparedness officials on Wednesday warned Floridians not to get complacent during the upcoming hurricane season, particularly in coastal areas that haven't experienced strong storms recently.
GOLDEN MEADOW, La. (AP) — Louisiana's largest power utility says it has completed $86 million in transmission system improvements in a small part of the wide area hit hard by Hurricane Ida.
ARABI, La. (AP) — A tornado tore through parts of New Orleans and its suburbs Tuesday night, flipping cars and ripping roofs off homes and killing at least one person in a region that was pummeled by Hurricane Katrina 17 years ago.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is allocating nearly $3 billion in disaster relief funding to cover recovery efforts by multiple state and local governments.
The Community Development Block Grants, announced Tuesday, include $2.2 billion to 10 local governments and 13 state governments for 16 major disasters that took place in 2021.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency will soon be charging rent to about 1,750 households displaced by Louisiana’s 2020 hurricanes and still living in mobile homes and similar housing provided by the agency.
BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) — One coastal South Carolina county has started issuing passes to allow people to reenter areas evacuated because of a hurricane or other disaster.
Beaufort County said residents or business owners can go online on the county's website to apply for a reentry pass.
GRAND ISLE, La. (AP) — More than half a year after the 150-mph winds of Hurricane Ida battered the Louisiana coast, the Grand Isle School has reopened.
The Times-Picayune / The New Orleans Advocate reported that the school, which teaches students in kindergarten through high school, had its first day of in-person learning on Thursday.
HOUMA, La. (AP) — The sheriff of a south Louisiana parish hit hard last year by Hurricane Ida says he expects to return inmates to the parish jail by the end of the month.
The Courier of Houma reports that about 500 Terrebonne Parish inmates were evacuated before the storm, which hit last Aug.
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — While rainfall has improved conditions across much of the Florida Panhandle, state officials said Thursday that the volume of dead trees and vegetation left by a Category 5 hurricane in 2018 remains a threat for additional wildfires.
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Fire officials hoped Wednesday that a light, steady rain in the Florida Panhandle would help ease three wildfires that have threatened homes and forced hundreds of evacuations in an area that was ravaged by a Category 5 hurricane three years ago.
HOUSTON (AP) — Texas' administration of flood relief money from Hurricane Harvey broke federal law by discriminating against Black and Hispanic residents in the Houston area, according to a decision by the federal housing agency that could channel millions of dollars of aid to communities battered by the 2017 storm.
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Hundreds of residents forced to evacuate over the weekend as blazes in the Florida Panhandle threatened their houses have been allowed to return home, but residents in a neighboring county were evacuated Tuesday as three wildfires grew to more than 29,000 acres (11,735 hectares).
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Huge wildfires in the Florida Panhandle forced veterans in a nursing home to evacuate Sunday alongside residents of more than 1,000 homes in an area still recovering from a Category 5 hurricane three years ago.
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Residents of hundreds of Florida Panhandle homes were evacuated as a wildfire destroyed two houses and damaged 12 others in an area that has spent years recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Michael, officials said Saturday.
SURFSIDE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina pier is on track to be reopened later this year after being damaged by Hurricane Matthew more than five years ago.
Surfside Beach is using federal disaster aid to pay for $15 million of repairs to its pier and renovating nearby buildings, The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — State regulators have approved a plan in which Entergy Louisiana customers will pay for $3.2 billion in costs the utility incurred because of five storms that hit the state in 2020 and 2021.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s comptroller on Wednesday called on federal authorities to investigate a newly released finding that the U.S. territory’s public bus authority gave more than $15,000 worth of gasoline to private citizens and unauthorized entities after Hurricane Maria hit in September 2017.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana’s largest power company is asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency for $450 million to make its electric grid more resilient, under a program to help communities prepare for hurricanes and other extreme weather.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A federal disaster declaration approved last year after remnants of Hurricane Ida hit Connecticut has been amended to include certain damage that occurred in Fairfield and Litchfield counties, Gov.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Three federal agencies promised Wednesday to help modernize Puerto Rico’s outage-plagued power grid and speed up efforts to strengthen it more than four years after Hurricane Maria razed it.
LUCEDALE, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi teenager who survived a deadly collapse of a highway after Hurricane Ida is back home after spending nearly five months in Georgia recovering from her injuries.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Conditions after Hurricane Ida last summer killed about 280 million fish in inland waters — about 40% more than died in Louisiana waters after Hurricane Andrew in 1992, the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries estimated Thursday.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The U.S. government has allotted more than $554 million to repair some 275 public housing complexes in Puerto Rico that were damaged by Hurricane Maria more than four years ago, officials announced Monday.
BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) — A coastal Mississippi city is searching for local artists to reimagine its Hurricane Katrina high water markers.
Bay St. Louis has been awarded a grant for the Katrina High Water Mark Revitalization Project, WLOX-TV reported.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers will be getting $2.6 billion for Louisiana under the infrastructure and supplemental disaster acts, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Wednesday.
The disaster bill to help recovery from Hurricane Ida includes over $2 billion for flood prevention in Louisiana, he said.
GRAND ISLE, La. (AP) — A little over five months after Hurricane Ida devastated Grand Isle, Louisiana's barrier island, electricity is fully up and running, the mayor’s office said.
SCHRIEVER, La. (AP) — More than four months after Hurricane Ida destroyed or did major damage to their houses, some Louisiana residents are just now moving from tent camps to government-supplied mobile homes and RV trailers.
HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development has halted the distribution of $1.95 billion that was approved for flood mitigation projects in Texas following Hurricane Harvey.
GUIPRY, France (AP) — As countless millions of people in Europe waste hours in lines for COVID-19 tests and scour their nasal passages with self-test kits at home, at the other end of the chain, workers are straining to meet the demand.
DENVER (AP) — A late-season wildfire pushed by hurricane-force winds tore through two densely populated Denver suburbs and seemed destined to leave a trail of deaths. Yet, only two people were unaccounted for out of some 35,000 forced from their homes.
NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) — A three-judge panel of Louisiana's 5th Circuit Court of Appeal has ordered a St. John the Baptist Parish judge to allow the seizure of a tract of private land to build portions of the West Shore Lake Pontchartrain Hurricane Levee.
Multiple tornadoes and thunderstorms that struck the Great Plains and upper Midwest on Dec.
HOUMA, La. (AP) — Louisiana residents who lost their homes to Hurricane Ida or have not had power since the late-August storm tell a newspaper the power company is still billing them for hundreds of dollars a month.
WASHINGTON (AP) — In the past year, the southwestern Louisiana city of Lake Charles weathered two hurricanes, intense rainfall that sent water gushing down streets and a deep freeze that burst pipes.