Latest Hurricane Laura News

Louisiana governor names new homeland security agency chief

Oct. 21, 2021 17:15 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Thursday that his top homeland security adviser is resigning, and he named the agency's chief deputy to the position. James Waskom is on medical leave until January, when he'll formally leave the position...

Hurricane Laura: Many commercial buildings being condemned

Oct. 21, 2021 11:42 AM EDT

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A Louisiana mayor says 300 to 400 commercial buildings damaged last year by Hurricane Laura are being condemned or marked for demolition. Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter told the City Council on Wednesday that he realizes business owners have...

Hurricane Ida's damage forces Louisiana voting site changes

Oct. 19, 2021 17:07 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Hurricane Ida’s destruction across southeastern Louisiana will force thousands of voters to cast their ballots at different polling locations for next month's election, with some voting sites relegated to large tents because few area buildings were free of damage....

'Crumbs:' Federal aid falls short for southwest Louisiana

Oct. 03, 2021 10:10 AM EDT

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Southwest Louisiana leaders say the disaster assistance approved by Congress will be too little to solve the lingering housing crisis and other needs caused by Hurricane Laura, which struck the region more than a year ago. Billions of dollars in...

Displaced by Laura, pageant winner finds place in new home

Oct. 02, 2021 00:11 AM EDT

CROWLEY, La. (AP) — When Molly Jo Webb and her family returned to their house in Lake Charles after Hurricane Laura had ripped through the city, they were relieved to see it had sustained minimal damage. Webb’s high school — where she was meant to be starting 11th grade after six months...

In battle to restore power after Ida, a tent city rises

Sep. 24, 2021 11:46 AM EDT

AMELIA, La. (AP) — When Hurricane Ida was brewing in the Gulf of Mexico, the grass was chest high and the warehouse empty at this lot in southeastern Louisiana. Within days, electric officials transformed it into a bustling “tent city” with enormous, air-conditioned tents for workers, a...

Analysis: Ida's destruction may help Hurricane Laura victims

Sep. 19, 2021 16:04 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Hurricane Ida's thrashing left homes in mangled heaps across southeastern Louisiana, but in an uncomfortable twist, the storm might have been a boon to southwestern parishes still struggling to recover from last year's Hurricane Laura. Ida's...

Nicholas, now a tropical depression, still douses Gulf Coast

Sep. 14, 2021 23:28 PM EDT

SURFSIDE BEACH, Texas (AP) — Tropical Storm Nicholas continued weakening Tuesday night after being downgraded to a tropical depression and slowing to a crawl over southeastern Texas and southwestern Louisiana, drenching both states with flooding rains. The downgrade...

Nicholas strengthens to hurricane ahead of Texas landfall

Sep. 14, 2021 00:31 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Nicholas strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane Monday as it headed toward landfall along the Texas Gulf Coast and it was expected to bring heavy rain and floods to coastal areas from Mexico to storm-battered Louisiana. Forecasters at the National...

Tropical Storm Nicholas threatens Gulf Coast with heavy rain

Sep. 12, 2021 23:16 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Nicholas headed toward the Texas coast Sunday night, threatening to bring heavy rain and floods to coastal areas of Texas, Mexico and storm-battered Louisiana. Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami said a hurricane watch was...