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News For Thursday 08/25/16

News for Thursday 082516

By Dave Graichen


Hurricane forecasters are still monitoring the tropical disturbance called Invest 99 that’s developing near Puerto Rico. Todd Kimberlain with National Hurricane Center says there’s a high probability that this area of low pressure can develop into Tropical Storm Hermine. The broad area of low pressure associated with a tropical wave will continue to bring locally heavy rain to Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, and the Bahamas throughout the day today and into tomorrow. It could be close to the Florida Coast by Saturday or Sunday.


Governor John Bel Edwards outlined plans Wednesday on how the state is preparing to house flood victims who are currently displaced. He says they do plan on bringing manufactured housing units in and they also announced a program called shelter at home, which provides funding for homeowners to live in their house, while repairs continue.


The Governor and his family are still displaced after the Governor’s Mansion took on four feet of water in the basement. Edwards said on his monthly call in radio show today that this was the first time the mansion has ever flooded. He added that it sustained more damage than any other state building.


Governor John Bel Edwards will be in Acadiana today to speak with local officials about the recovery process form the historic flooding. One of his stops will be in the town of Youngsville. Mayor Ken Ritter says the flood devastated the Lafayette parish town. Ritter says over 600 homes were affected by the storm, and most of the affected areas are not in flood zones.


The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank received more than four feet of water, lost a million pounds of food, along with the majority of its equipment during the Great Flood of 2016. President and CEO Mike Manning says with the hard work and donations from the Salvation Army, who lost several of their buildings in the city, and other food banks, they’re back online distributing food. It’s estimated it will take more than one million dollars to clean their facility.


The Louisiana Senate’s Homeland Security Committee holds a meeting today to get an update on recovery efforts two weeks after the floods. State Sen. Bodi White of Central says several agencies will meet and discuss the next steps. White says this hearing will hopefully shed light on what worked and didn’t work during this disaster.


The City of Central in East Baton Rouge parish was hit hard by the Great Flood of 2016, with 90-percent of its residents taking on water in their homes. Mayor Jr. Shelton says complete subdivisions are just devastated. Shelton says 9-thousand of the 11-thousand homes there were affected.


It was reported state wide yesterday that Kaplan Senator Jonathan Perry wants to file legislation that would create more red tape for the “Cajun Navy” during emergencies. But Perry says that’s not the case at all. Perry says he just wants to file legislation to make sure the Cajun Navy isn’t turned away by law enforcement when they arrive to help. Perry has received death threats since the original story was released.


The Alabama football program is sending a truckload full of donated supplies to Louisiana to assist in flood relief efforts. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban called on the Tuscaloosa community to help out their fellow SEC team saying that football and rivalries take a back seat to providing help to those in need.


Louisiana has seen two historic floods just five months apart, and though similar in nature, the devastation is vastly different. Rev. Allison Sauls was living in Monroe during the March flood, and recently moved to Lafayette just before the flood in south Louisiana. She says the flooding in the south was more widespread than it was up north. She says it’s been incredible to see folks who are still recovering up north coming to help people in south Louisiana.


Louisiana schools did not fare well on a personal finance website's ranking of "2016's Best and Worst Community Colleges" across the the country. WalletHub said it conducted an in-depth analysis of the country's community colleges and used those results to identify the states with the best and worst colleges in a release Monday. Louisiana ranked 44th out of 47. Eight community colleges in the Pelican State made the list of 821 total schools. Only one ranked high — SOWELA Technical Community College in Lake Charles at No. 30. Three ranked in the 200s, one in the 600s and three in the 700s.

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