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Louisiana news: West Nile, Job Fair, DSNAP, FEMA, Jindal cuts, Budget Reform Fundraiser
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louisiana capitol 2Here are some of the latest news articles as sent by various government agencies, departments and individuals to Bayoubuzz. We are sharing these in virtually the same format and content as which we have received.  Here are the titles focusing West Nile, Job fair, Jindal suspending certain boards, FEMA discovery centers and more.

 

 

39 New Human cases of West Nile virus reported in Louisiana

EDISON CHOUEST OFFSHORE TO CONDUCT MAJOR JOB FAIR FOR HOUMA FACILITY

Budget Reform Campaign holds first fundraiser

Jindal suspends authority of certain boards/commissions to pay per diems and declared certain boards eliminated

New Orleans opens four FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers

3 More parishes approved for Individual Assistance for Isaac

Completion of I-10 Safety project

DCFS Announces Weekend Schedule for DSNAP Sites 
TWO-DAY EXTENSION APPROVED FOR DSNAP IN TERREBONNE PARISH

 

 

 

 

 


39 New Human cases of West Nile virus reported in Louisiana
The Department of Health and Hospitals today confirmed 39 new human cases of West Nile virus, marking 215 reported infections of West Nile in Louisiana this year. The State is experiencing its highest number of West Nile cases in several years. There have also been 10 West Nile deaths reported thus far in 2012.
"Hurricane Isaac left behind a lot of water, which, left standing, is a risk for mosquitoes breeding and swarming," said DHH Secretary Bruce D. Greenstein. "In addition to that, fall is getting closer, the weather is getting more pleasant, and people are spending more time outdoors. Everyone needs to be aware of the threat of West Nile virus and Fight the Bite. Put on repellant before you go outside, dress appropriately and empty standing water around your home. Take these small steps to protect your health."
Humans contract West Nile when they are bitten by mosquitoes infected with the virus. When people are infected with West Nile, the virus will affect them one of three ways. West Nile neuroinvasive disease is the most serious type, infecting the brain and spinal cord. Neuroinvasive disease can lead to death, paralysis and brain damage. The milder viral infection is West Nile Fever, in which people experience flu-like symptoms. The majority of people who contract West Nile will be asymptomatic, which means they show no symptoms. These cases are typically detected through blood donations or in the course of other routine medical tests.
There are 11 neuroinvasive disease cases reported this week, from Caddo (1), East Baton Rouge (2), Jefferson (1), Livingston (3), Lincoln (1), Richland (1), St. Tammany (1) and Tangipahoa (1) parishes. Ten of these cases are newly reported West Nile infections, and one is a previously diagnosed case that progressed into neuroinvasive disease.
There are 28 new West Nile Fever cases, from Ascension (1), Caddo (1), Calcasieu (1), Concordia (1), DeSoto (1), East Baton Rouge (5), Iberville (2), Jefferson (1), Lafourche (1), Lafayette (1), Livingston (1), Orleans (1), Ouachita (1), Pointe Coupee (3), St. Charles (1), St. Tammany (3), Tangipahoa (1), Washington (1) and West Baton Rouge (1) parishes.
One of the 39 new cases is asymptomatic, from Calcasieu Parish.
DHH issues a weekly Arbovirus Surveillance Report that details cases detected thus far by parish, which is published here.
The most active year for West Nile cases in Louisiana was 2002, when the state experienced 328 cases and 24 deaths. For 10 years, state health officials have conducted robust surveillance year-round, which includes working with doctors, hospitals and health care providers around the state to track human cases and reminding people to be vigilant in avoiding mosquito bites.
"A decade of surveillance has shown us that this virus is active in every part of our State, meaning everyone is at risk," Greenstein said. "We know older people and those with weakened immune systems are most at risk for neuroinvasive disease, but if you can be bitten by a mosquito, you can get West Nile virus. Own your own health, and take steps to protect yourself and your family."
Fight the Bite
Local mosquito control partners and abatement districts remain vigilant in keeping the population of infected mosquitos under control, but everyone has a personal responsibility to avoid mosquito bites. Health officials recommend:
• If you will be outside, you should wear a mosquito repellent containing DEET. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that repellents should contain no more than 30% DEET when used on children. Insect repellents also are not recommended for children younger than 2 months. CDC recommends that you always follow the recommendations appearing on the product label when using repellent.
• People should be especially vigilant if they are outside at dawn and dusk. The mosquitoes that carry West Nile are most active at that time. But, people should take precautions against mosquitoes if they are outside at any time of day.
• Apply repellent on exposed skin and clothing. Do not apply under your clothes or on broken skin.
• To apply repellent to your face, spray on your hands and then rub on your face.
• Adults should always apply repellent to children.
• Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants when outdoors for long periods of time.
• Avoid perfumes and colognes when outdoors for extended periods of time.
• Make sure that your house has tight-fitting windows and doors, and that all screens are free of holes.
Another effective way to prevent mosquito bites is to drain stagnant water from around homes and property to prevent mosquitoes from breeding and swarming:
• Dispose of tin cans, ceramic pots and other unnecessary containers that have accumulated on your property. Turn over wheelbarrows, plastic wading pools or buckets that could collect water.
• Drill holes in the bottom of outdoor recycling containers. Drainage holes that are located on the container sides collect enough water for mosquitoes to breed.
• Clean clogged roof gutters yearly. They are often overlooked, but can produce millions of mosquitoes each season.
• Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish. Water gardens can become major mosquito producers if they are allowed to stagnate.
• Clean and chlorinate swimming pools that are not being used. An unattended swimming pool can produce enough mosquitoes to result in neighborhood-wide complaints. Be aware that mosquitoes may even breed in the water that collects on swimming pool covers.
For more information on West Nile activity in Louisiana and prevention tips, visit www.dhh.louisiana.gov/FighttheBite.


EDISON CHOUEST OFFSHORE TO CONDUCT MAJOR JOB FAIR FOR HOUMA FACILITY

 

Event scheduled Sept. 21 at South Central Louisiana Technical College's Young Memorial Campus

 

MORGAN CITY, La. — Edison Chouest Offshore, a diverse and dynamic marine transportation company, will conduct a job fair Friday, Sept. 21 at South Central Community College's Young Memorial Campus in Morgan City, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The job fair is supported by LED FastStart™ — the top-ranked, state workforce development program in the nation.

 

The job fair seeks applicants interested in skilled hourly positions at Chouest's La Ship shipyard in Houma, La. The event targets the following skilled positions (with two to five years of shipyard experience): welders (structural flux arc welders), pipefitters, ship fitters, electricians and carpenters. Starting wages range from $15 an hour to $20 an hour. Work shifts are 10 hours.

 

The Chouest La Ship facility plans to hire 250 to 500 skilled employees in the next six to eight months. Hiring will begin following the job fair, after applicants go through a screening and pre-employment assessment process. Applicants will be required to pass a drug screening and background check.

 


About Edison Chouest Offshore
Founded as Edison Chouest Boat Rental in Galliano, La., in 1960, the Edison Chouest Offshore companies (ECO) are recognized today as the most diverse and dynamic marine transportation solution-providers in the world. ECO operates a growing fleet of more than 200 vessels, ranging from 87 feet to more than 360 feet in length and serving an expanding global customer base. ECO's largest shipyard to date, La Ship in Houma, La., is an ultra-modern facility that ultimately will employ 1,000 skilled workers.

DCFS Announces Weekend Schedule for DSNAP Sites
TWO-DAY EXTENSION APPROVED FOR DSNAP IN TERREBONNE PARISH

BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has announced the weekend schedule for Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) sites.

DCFS requested and received approval from the USDA for a two-day extension in Terrebonne Parish. The new deadline for residents of Terrebonne Parish to apply for DSNAP is Tuesday, Sept. 18.

Saturday, September 15

The following sites will operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and only serve individuals on Saturday who reside in that parish and have last names beginning with N-Z.

Jefferson -- Last day to apply
Alario Center, 2000 Segnette Blvd., Westwego

Orleans -- Last day to apply
University of New Orleans, 6801 Franklin Ave., New Orleans
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The following sites will operate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and only serve individuals on Saturday who reside in that parish and have last names beginning with N-Z.

Jefferson -- Last day to apply
Grand lsle Multiplex, 3101 Hwy 1, Grand Isle

St. Charles -- Last day to apply
Mount Airy Baptist Church -- Applicants should park under the Luling Bridge, LA 18 at Hwy 310 to be shuttled to the DSNAP site.

St. James --
St. James Reception Hall, 2455 Hwy 18, Vacherie

Tangipahoa -- Last day to apply
Harvest Church, 43052 Yokum Rd., Hammond

Amite Fire Hall -- Applicants should park at the Florida Parish Arena, 1301 NW Central Ave. in Amite to be shuttled to the DSNAP site.

Terrebonne -- Extension approved, last day to apply is Tuesday
Bayou Black, 3688 Southdown Mandalay Rd., Houma
**Note: East Houma Bingo Hall DSNAP site is now closed due to previously scheduled events at the site.
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The following sites will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will serve individuals on Saturday with last names beginning with A-C:

Assumption --
Community Worship Center -- Applicants should park at Lucky Hit Shopping Center, 260 Hwy 70 Spur in Plattenville to be shuttled to DSNAP site.

Iberville --
American Legion Hall, 25050 Hwy 1, Plaquemine

St. Gabriel Community Center, 1400 Gordon S. LeBlanc Dr., St. Gabriel
**Note: St. Gabriel Community Center DSNAP site will close one hour early at 5 p.m. on Saturday because of a previously scheduled event at the site.

St. Helena --
Greensburg Fire Station -- Applicants should park at Forest Festival Park on 3rd Street between Hwy 38 and Hwy 43 in Greensburg to be shuttled to the DSNAP site.

St. Mary --
Amelia Community Center, 2109 Duhon Blvd., Amelia

Washington --
American Legion Post 24, 63613 Lakeview Rd., Bogalusa

Old Franklinton Elementary School, 902 Cleveland St., Franklinton
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Sunday, September 16

The following sites will operate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and only serve individuals on Sunday who reside in that parish and have last names beginning with A-M:

Assumption --
Community Worship Center -- Applicants should park at Lucky Hit Shopping Center, 260 Hwy 70 Spur in Plattenville to be shuttled to DSNAP site.

St. Helena --
Greensburg Fire Station -- Applicants should park at Forest Festival Park on 3rd Street between Hwy 38 and Hwy 43 in Greensburg to be shuttled to the DSNAP site.

St. James -- Last day to apply
St. James Reception Hall, 2455 Hwy 18, Vacherie

Terrebonne -- Extension approved, last day to apply is Tuesday
Bayou Black, 3688 Southdown Mandalay Rd., Houma

Washington --
American Legion Post 24, 63613 Lakeview Rd., Bogalusa

Old Franklinton Elementary School, 902 Cleveland St., Franklinton
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The following sites will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will serve individuals on Sunday with last names beginning with D-G:

Iberville --
American Legion Hall, 25050 Hwy 1, Plaquemine

St. Gabriel Community Center, 1400 Gordon S. LeBlanc Dr., St. Gabriel

St. Mary --
Amelia Community Center, 2109 Duhon Blvd., Amelia

Franklin Recreation Center, Gum Street, Franklin -- NEW SITE
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The application period for DSNAP benefits in following parishes has ended and residents are no longer eligible to apply - Ascension, Lafourche, Livingston, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. John the Baptist and St. Tammany.

To help expedite the application process, individuals can pre-apply for Hurricane Isaac DSNAP either online at www.dcfs.la.gov/preapply or www.getagameplan.org or by calling 1-888-LAHELP-U (888-524-3578) 24 hours a day. When applying by phone, callers should select the appropriate language and then select options 3 and 3.

DSNAP is an income eligibility based program to assist eligible households who do not receive regular SNAP benefits and who need help buying groceries due to lost income or damages following a disaster. Eligibility is determined by federal guidelines and is based on an individual's known or expected income, resources (such as cash on hand, saving and checking account balances) and unreimbursed disaster expenses during the disaster period of August 26 and September 24. For more information on income guidelines, visit www.dcfs.la.gov or call 211.

Individuals who already have received DSNAP cannot reapply. Attempts to defraud the DSNAP program will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Applicants who knowingly provide inaccurate or incomplete information as part of a DSNAP application could face criminal prosecution and disqualification of benefits. DCFS will investigate suspected fraud and aggressively pursue recoupment and possibly prosecution.


Budget Reform Campaign holds first fundraiser
(Lake Charles) The Budget Reform Campaign, Chaired by State Representative Brett Geymann and founded by a group of fiscally conservative state legislators, will hold its Inaugural fundraiser on Wednesday, November 14th, from 5 to7pm, at the historic Jimmy Davis House in Baton Rouge. Tickets to the fundraiser are $250 per couple.
“We are excited about this opportunity to invite civic, business and political leaders to join and support the budget reform campaign” said Representative Brett Geymann. “We are especially grateful to LOGA, the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association, for making the historic Jimmy Davis House available, and supporting our efforts through this fundraiser”Geymann said. “Funds from this event will allow us to engage and retain experts to help us in our budgetary analysis, and to communicate our priorities to opinion leaders and voters” Geymann continued. “This event marks an important occasion for building a statewide consensus for budget reform among Louisiana’s civic, business and political leadership” Geymann concluded.
More information about the fundraiser and the budget reform campaign can be found at labudgetreform.com. Interested persons can also call (337) 524-4444 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
ABOUT BUDGET REFORM COALITION

The Budget Reform Coalition is a broad-based, non-partisan campaign to achieve meaningful budget reform in Louisiana.

The Coalition is comprised of civic, business and political leaders who are committed to budget reform for the benefit of the families and businesses of our State. Thirty legislators who are Charter Members of the organization include:

Taylor Barras (R – New Iberia)
Johnny Berhelot (R – Gonzales)
Stuart Bishop (R – Lafayette)
Richard Burford (R – Stonewall)
Thomas Carmody (R – Shreveport)
Simone Champagne (R – Jeanerette)
Patrick Connick (R – Marrero)
Ray Garofalo (R – Chalmette)
Brett Geymann (R – Lake Charles)
Hunter Greene (R – Baton Rouge)
Lance Harris (R – Alexandria)
Kenny Havard (R – Jackson)
Cameron Henry (R – Metairie)
Bob Hensgens (R – Abbeville)
Paul Hollis (R – Mandeville) Nancy Landry (R – Lafayette)
Tony Ligi (R – Metairie)
Nick Lorusso (R – New Orleans)
Sherman Mack (R – Livingston)
Jay Morris (R – Monroe)
Jim Morris (R – Oil City)
Barrow Peacock (R – Bossier City)
Kevin Pearson (R – Slidell)
J. Rogers Pope (R – Denham Springs)
Steve Pylant (R – Winnsboro)
Dee Richard (I – Thibodaux)
John Schroder (R – Covington)
Alan Seabaugh (R – Shreveport)
Rob Shadoin (R – Ruston)
Kirk Talbot (R – River Ridge)
Jeff Thompson (R – Bossier City)

 

Jindal suspends authority of certain boards/commissions to pay per diems and declared certain boards eliminated

 

Today, Governor Bobby Jindal issued an Executive Order suspending the authority of certain boards and commissions to pay per diems and he also declared the elimination of certain boards.

 

MORATORIUM ON BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS AUTHORITY TO PAY PER DIEMS AND ELIMINATION OF CERTAIN BOARDS

 

WHEREAS, Executive Order BJ 2012-9 froze payment of a per diem to members of boards, commissions, and like entities funded by the General Appropriation Act. However, over
the years, many boards, commissions and like entities that have been statutorily created in the executive branch of state government with budget authority do not receive annual appropriation approval via the General Appropriation Act;

 

WHEREAS, more than 80 boards, commissions, authorities, task forces, advisory councils, committees, and like entities have been established with a statutory mandate requiring payment of a per diem;

 

WHEREAS, approximately 300 additional boards, commissions, authorities, task forces, advisory councils, committees or like entities have been established that permit discretionary payment of per diems, are silent as to such payments but may grant implied budgetary authority to authorize such payments, or provide that no compensation shall be paid to members of such entities;

 

WHEREAS, continuing to pay a per diem is a drain on state funds and places a fiscal burden upon individuals, businesses, or other entities that fund the operations of boards, commissions, or like entities;

 

WHEREAS, a moratorium on the payment of a per diem is necessary to decrease this fiscal burden and is proper to ensure boards, commissions, authorities, task forces, advisory councils, committees, and like entities are functioning in a fiscally prudent manner consistent with those that are included in the General Appropriations Act; and

 

WHEREAS, the purpose of this Order is to freeze per diem payments, withhold appropriations for per diem payments, and limit expenditures for a per diem in the executive branch of state government, which will result in approximately $275,000 savings this fiscal year;

 

NOW THEREFORE I, BOBBY JINDAL, Governor of the State of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution and laws of the State of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:

 

SECTION 1: Expenditures for per diem payments by members of all boards, commissions, authorities, task forces, advisory councils, or committees in the executive branch of state government are hereby suspended, including any that may hold funds in accounts other than the State Treasury, except as otherwise provided in this Order.

 

SECTION 2: The Commissioner of Administration and any executive or fiscal officer for any board, commission, authority, task force or committee in the executive branch of state government are hereby directed to withhold all funds for payment of per diem.

 

SECTION 3: The Treasurer shall not honor warrants drawn upon the State Treasury that are inconsistent with this Order, and no executive or fiscal officer of any board, commission, authority, task force, or committee in the executive branch of state government shall approve any request for an expenditure that is inconsistent with this Order.

 

SECTION 4: Per diem payments that are expressly and directly statutorily mandated are exempt from this Order. The Commissioner of Administration is hereby authorized to grant further exemptions as may be necessary due to extreme economic hardships which would otherwise result to a member of a board, commission, authority, task force, advisory council, committee or like entity.

 

SECTION 5: All boards, commissions, authorities, task forces, advisory councils, committees, and like entities in the executive branch of state government, including any that may hold funds in accounts other than the State Treasury, must comply with the following directives:

 

A. By August 1 of each year, all boards, commissions, authorities, task forces, advisory councils, committees, and like entities shall report to the Commissioner of Administration the total amount of funds collected and expended by the entity during the prior fiscal year.

 

B. By the end of each month, any entity expressly and directly mandated to pay a per diem or granted a hardship exemption for any member by the Commissioner pursuant to Section 4 shall report to the Commissioner of Administration the total amount of funds expended by the entity on per diem during the prior month and by August 1 of each year, report to the Commissioner of Administration the total amount of funds expended by the entity on per diem during the prior fiscal year.

 

SECTION 6: The following entities are hereby terminated:

 

A. The E-Rate Oversight Committee as re-established by BJ 2008 – 52;

B. The Maritime Advisory Task Force as re-established by BJ 2008 – 42;

C. The Interstate 49 North Extension Feasibility and Funding Task Force as re-established by BJ 2008 – 44; and

D. The Governor’s Military Advisory Board as re-established by BJ 2010 – 17.

 

SECTION 7: This Order shall supersede all prior Executive Orders not consistent herewith.

 

SECTION 8: This Order is effective upon signature of the Governor and shall remain in effect until amended, modified, terminated or rescinded by the Governor, or terminated by operation of law.

 


IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the city of Baton Rouge, on this 14th day of September, 2012.

 

New Orleans opens four FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers
NEW ORLEANS, LA -- Today, the City announced the opening of four FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers at New Orleans Public Library locations to assist residents affected by Hurricane Isaac.
The centers will provide recovery information and resources for residents and business owners who have experienced losses due to the recent storm.
Locations:

 

Main Library
219 Loyola Avenue
504-596-2560
Saturday: 1 pm–5 pm
Monday-Thursday and 10 am to 6 pm
Friday: 10 am–5 pm
Algiers Regional Branch
3014 Holiday Drive
504-596-2641
Saturday: 1 pm–5 pm
Monday–Thursday: 10 am–7 pm
Closed Friday
East New Orleans Branch
5641 Read Boulevard
504-596-0200
Saturday: 1 pm–5 pm
Monday–Thursday: 10 am–7 pm
Closed Friday
Robert E. Smith Branch
6301 Canal Boulevard
504-596-2638
Saturday: 1 pm–5 pm
Monday–Thursday: 10 am–7 pm
Closed Friday
Visitors to a disaster recovery center can meet individually with a representative to discuss their situation and to receive answers to questions, resolution to problems and referrals to agencies that may provide further assistance. The centers can also provide information financial assistance.
Federal funding is available to individuals in Orleans Parish who suffered losses as a result of the disaster. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, and uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and households recover from the effects of the disaster.



Completion of I-10 Safety project

 

– Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) Secretary Sherri H. LeBas, P.E., along with federal, state and local safety partners, celebrated the completion of a safety project to install 22.5 miles of cable barrier on I-10 between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. The announcement was made today at Louisiana State Police Troop B in Kenner.
Cable barriers are designed to prevent head-on collisions by deflecting vehicles that veer into the median from crossing over into oncoming traffic. They act as a net to catch vehicles and redirect them into the median, not pushing the vehicle back into traffic.
State celebrates completion of I-10 Safety Project

 

The cable barrier system is a testament to DOTD’s commitment to safety. Since DOTD installed the first set of cable barriers in Louisiana in 2008, there have been no incidents of vehicles crossing the median. According to the Federal Highway Administration, most states that have installed cable median barriers report a decrease in cross-median crash fatalities of 90 percent or more.
“Through strong partnerships with our safety stakeholders, Louisiana continues to make reductions in the number of motor vehicle fatalities,” said LeBas. “Cable barriers save lives, and it is my commitment to continue to implement innovative and cost effective solutions to enhance the safety of our transportation system.”
In the past several years, motor-vehicle fatalities in Louisiana have dropped to an all time low with a 32 percent reduction in highway fatalities since 2007. DOTD has spearheaded multiple initiatives such as the installation of over 2,100 miles of center line rumble strips and roundabouts as well as working with other safety stakeholders on public awareness campaigns to discourage texting while driving and encourage motorists to buckle up.

 

Work on the $2.7 million cable barrier project began in October 2011 with installation first beginning in Jefferson Parish and moving west toward Baton Rouge.
In addition, the audience took a moment to remember the late Grace Gary. In 2008, Grace lost her life in a cross-over incident at the age of eight. Since, the Gary Family has been a strong advocate in support of cable barriers in an effort to prevent their tragedy from happening to other families. They have personally named their efforts “Project G-R-A-C-E,” which stands for “Guard Rails Alleviate Crossover Episodes.”
Also, joining LeBas at the press conference were members of the Destination Zero Deaths initiative, which included Colonel Mike Edmonson, Superintendent of Louisiana State Police and Mary Stringfellow, Program Delivery Team Leader of the Federal Highway Administration. Destination Zero Deaths, also known as Louisiana’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan, is a unified effort to reduce the number of highway fatalities in Louisiana.
"Law enforcement officers see first-hand the devastating results of crossover crashes. These cable barriers are a lifesaver, successfully preventing head-on collisions as we work towards our goal of zero deaths on Louisiana’s roadways," said Edmonson. “I appreciate the partnership we share with Secretary LeBas and DOTD. It is what the public expects and it is what they deserve."

 

"We applaud DOTD’s dedication to keeping Louisiana’s roads safe for motorists,” said Stringfellow. “Based on the performance of cable barriers installed to date, the 20-plus miles of cable barriers will continue to effectively decrease cross-median fatalities in our state.”

 

“Cable median barriers are the additional safety that Louisiana needs,” said Lt. Col. John Leblanc, executive director of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission. “We appreciate the work that DOTD has put into this project.”
New Orleans motorist, Andrew Auguillard – a graduate student at the University of New Orleans, supports the use of the cable barrier system from first-hand knowledge.
“In May, I lost control of my car as I was driving on I-10 when a dump truck spilled gravel on the roadway,” said Auguillard. “I hit the cable barriers and they just wrapped my car up. Wow, they really saved my life.”
The need for a cable barrier system arose from the 2006 legislative session when a resolution was passed to look into the feasibility of installing these safety features. As part of a pilot study, the first two areas to receive cable barriers were along the entire length of I-12 in St. Tammany Parish (32 miles) and along the entire length of I-10 in St. James Parish (6.8 miles). Later, cable barriers were installed on I-12 throughout the length of Tangipahoa Parish (17 miles) and on I-10 from the St. John Parish line to the Hope Canal (19.5 miles).
DOTD continues to perform analyses on all interstates throughout Louisiana to determine where cable median barriers would be most beneficial in preventing cross-over collisions. Cable barriers receive safety funds through the Federal Highway Administration.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) is committed to delivering transportation and public works systems that enhance the quality of life. In addition to more than 16,600 miles of roadway, including over 890 miles of interstate, DOTD supports the development of the state’s aviation, marine and rail infrastructures. Through this work, we are able to facilitate economic development, create job opportunities, improve vital evacuation routes, and make critical freight corridors safer and more efficient.

 

For more information, please visit www.dotd.la.gov, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call DOTD’s Customer Service Center at (225) 379-1232 or 1-877-4LADOTD (1-877-452-3683). Business hours are 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Motorists can access up-to-date travel information by dialing 511 or by visiting www.511la.org. Out of-state travelers can call 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511)
FEMA Approves Individual Assistance for Three Additional Louisiana Parishes Impacted by Hurricane Isaac
Residents of East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana and West Feliciana may be eligible for aid

3 More parishes approved for Individual Assistance for Isaac

 

BATON ROUGE -- At the request of the State of Louisiana, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved Individual Assistance for three additional Louisiana parishes affected by Hurricane Isaac, the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness announced Friday. This means residents of East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana and West Feliciana parishes who suffered damages are now eligible for FEMA assistance.
Louisiana requested these parishes be added to the state's declaration on August 31. This addition brings the total number of parishes declared for IA to 21. Residents in the following Louisiana parishes may be eligible for FEMA assistance: Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington and West Feliciana.
HOW TO APPLY:
FEMA assistance is for residents of affected areas who sustained uninsured or underinsured Isaac-related damage to their homes, vehicles, personal property, business or its inventory beginning Aug. 26, 2012.
Louisiana residents can apply for disaster assistance in two ways: by applying online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or calling 1-800-621-3362. Residents with speech or hearing impairments should call (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. Users of 711-Relay or Video Relay Services should call 1-800-621-3362.
PENDING REQUESTS:
Louisiana has also requested IA assistance for two additional parishes, which is still pending FEMA approval. These are: Pointe Coupee and West Baton Rouge parishes.

 

              

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