News for Friday 090216
By Dave Graichen
Hermine is now a big girl. The storm reached hurricane strength Thursday afternoon as it barreled toward the Gulf Coast of Florida. The storm was quickly downgraded once it made landfall and is now moving across the sunshine state. It will make its way up the east coast over the weekend.
Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says the August flood event is the fourth costliest for the National Flood Insurance Program, with 28-thousand claims already filed. Donelon says this devastating flood should be a lesson for all homeowners to find out what they’re covered for and what they’re not.
August goes down as the wettest month in the history of Baton Rouge , with over 30 inches of rain. State Climatologist Barry Keim says there were also high rain totals in Acadiana and the Feliciana’s. Keim says a majority of the rain fell over a three to four day period.
As flood victims are working to repair their homes and get as much federal assistance as possible, volunteer attorneys are offering legal advice to those who are denied by FEMA. New Orleans attorney Graham Ryan says some of the denials can be reversed.
The Louisiana Workforce Commission is extending the disaster unemployment assistance application period to October 14, 2016 for individuals affected by the August 2016 flooding. The funding is available to workers and self-employed people who lost work or earnings as a result of the disaster. You can submit an application online at laworks.net.
Construction begins today on 15 homes that have been approved for the Shelter At Home Program. The Governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff Julie Baxter Payer says they’re moving as quickly as possible to get flood damaged homes ready to live in. She says they’ve received nearly 15-thousand applications and the number keeps growing. Flood victims can register for the program at shelter-at-home-dot-la-dot-gov.
More than 50 students from the University of Alabama will spend Labor Day weekend working with LSU students to help Baton Rouge flood victims, according to university officials. According to officials with the University of Alabama, students filled the open spots in about 15 minutes and there is a waiting list for other students who want to come to Louisiana to help with flood relief.
Tomorrow is the big game between LSU and Wisconsin, and Madison-based American Family Insurance is partnering with Wisconsin athletics to raise money that will go towards American Red Cross’ flood relief efforts in Louisiana. Judd Schemmel, with American Family Insurance, says they are encouraging football fans to donate to the Red Cross by texting “LAFLOOD” to 90999. Schemmel says they will match every donation made on game day up to $50-thousand.
Shreveport Police are searching for burglary suspects who stole a service animal. Cpl. Marcus Hines says police were called to a home after the residence was forcefully entered and items taken, including “Major, a Rottweiler service dog, who is trained to understand sign language. Hines says they are not sure why someone would have taken the dog. Anyone with information on Major’s whereabouts is urged to contact authorities.
Attorney General Jeff Landry announces the former utility clerk for the town of Jonesville in Catahoula Parish has been arrested on theft and malfeasance charges. 47-year-old Leigh Ann Ingram of Jena is accused of receiving cash from customers who paid their utility bills and using that money for her own personal use.
The Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday begins today and lasts through Sunday. Department of Revenue Spokesperson Byron Henderson says many sportsmen are eager to purchase new supplies with hunting season right around the corner. He says this year, shoppers will get a two percent discount on the state sales tax for eligible items.
The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission is reminding motorists about their responsibilities on the road when approaching an upcoming accident. The plea comes in the wake of the tragic crash that killed three people, including a district fire chief in St. John Parish.
100,000 insured vehicles were flooded in Louisiana following the August downpours and historic flooding, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau. They add that the number of uninsured vehicles that were flood damaged could be even more, since many owners choose to drop their policy’s comprehensive coverage as the vehicle ages.
Louisiana has received an additional 40-million dollars in federal highway funding. State Department of Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson says this grant money will go towards the I-10 widening project between I-49 and the Atchafalya Basin. He says the state has already received 60-million in federal dollars for this project, so this additional 40-million, will free up funds for other projects.
Louisiana Tech will start redshirt freshman J’mar Smith at quarterback tomorrow afternoon against the Arkansas Razorbacks. You can hear the game here in CENLA on ESPN 1410 and 93.1 HD3
What could be a very memorable football season in the history of LSU football kicks off tomorrow as the 5th ranked Fighting Tigers face the Wisconsin Badgers at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. You can hear that came tomorrow on 970 KSYL and 96.1 KZMZ.