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Damage left by Hurricane Laura is seen Thursday Aug. 27, 2020, in Holly Beach, La. (Bill Feig/The Advocate via AP, Pool)

New deadline for Louisiana residents to apply for Laura aid

Oct. 27, 2020 11:59 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana residents with damage from Hurricane Laura will get an extra month to sign up for disaster aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The deadline to register with FEMA had been set for Tuesday. But the agency announced that it was extended until Nov. 27 in the...

A truck drives through a flooded street in Lake Charles, La., Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, past a home with damage from Hurricane Laura, after Hurricane Delta moved through on Friday. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Displaced, distraught, Louisiana evacuees languish in hotels

Oct. 17, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Languishing in a tiny hotel room, their three young children buzzed around them on two beds pushed together. A pile of donated toys sat on the floor near a baby stroller that doubles as a cart to fetch groceries. Cockroaches lurked on the inside of an open cabinet near a mini...

Ray Lopez delivers supplies to Mountain Mike's Pizza in the Montclair district of Oakland, Calif., where power is turned off, on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Pacific Gas & Electric has cut power to portions of Northern California hoping to prevent wildfires during hot, windy weather throughout the region. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Trump changes course, approves California relief for 6 fires

Oct. 16, 2020 11:34 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — President Donald Trump's administration abruptly reversed course and approved California's application for disaster relief funds to clean up damage from six recent deadly and destructive blazes that have scorched the state, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday. “Just got off the...

ADDS CITY - Danielle Fontenot runs to a relative's home in the rain with her son Hunter ahead of Hurricane Delta, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, in Lake Charles, La. Forecasters said Delta — the 25th named storm of an unprecedented Atlantic hurricane season — would likely crash ashore Friday evening somewhere on southwest Louisiana's coast. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The Latest: Delta barely a hurricane, weakens moving inland

Oct. 9, 2020 10:55 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Delta (all times CDT): 9:45 p.m. Forecasters say Delta remains barely a hurricane with top sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph). The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Delta is moving further inland over southwestern Louisiana as a weak Category 1 hurricane....

The sign on Souvenir City is damaged from Hurricane Sally on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020 in Gulf Shores, Ala.  Sally left some people on the Gulf Coast cut off by floodwaters until they could be rescued by teams in boats and high-water vehicles.   (Sophia Germer/The Advocate via AP)

Recovery from Hurricane Sally incomplete on Alabama coast

Oct. 4, 2020 12:09 PM EDT

GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s beaches have reopened, but the state’s coast has hardly recovered fully from the effects of Hurricane Sally last month. Visitors still have limited options for getting to the sand because so many boardwalks and beach entry points were damaged, and residents...

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2020 file photo, a cemetery along Privateer Blvd. in Barataria, La. is inundated in water as water levels surge before Hurricane Laura hit the area, in Barataria, La. Louisiana officials say Hurricane Laura damaged nearly 1,900 graves, but they've received fewer than 25 requests for help with them. Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry says his office is taking the lead in finding and identifying displaced caskets, vaults, and remains, and returning them to their proper places. (Max Becherer/The Advocate via AP, File)

Few requests for help with graves damaged by Hurricane Laura

Oct. 4, 2020 8:44 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hurricane Laura damaged nearly 1,900 graves in Louisiana, but fewer than 25 families have asked for help with them, officials say. Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry's office has surveyed 127 cemeteries in nine parishes, and found about 1,880 damaged graves in 89 of them, spokesman...

Report: FEMA fumbled in Puerto Rico after storms Irma, Maria

Oct. 1, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A U.S. government report published Thursday found that the Federal Emergency Management Agency mismanaged the distribution of goods in Puerto Rico after hurricanes Irma and Maria, leading to delays in the delivery of food and water. The Office of the Inspector General said it...

FEMA grants to repair 'high hazard' New Hampshire dams

Sep. 29, 2020 6:11 PM EDT

New Hampshire plans to offer federal grant money to repair dozens of “high hazard” dams across the state. The Federal Emergency Management Agency launched a program this year that will give the state nearly $500,000 to be dispersed among municipalities, nonprofits and dam owners, New Hampshire...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Sep. 23, 2020 12:25 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: ___ Sept. 22 The Advocate on the damage done by Hurricane Laura: After hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, there were discussions — well, call them bitter disputes — among property owners, insurance companies and the government over what would be...

More testing leads to slight increase in coronavirus numbers

Sep. 17, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire has seen a slight increase in coronavirus infections over the past two weeks, and that's mainly due to more testing in colleges, universities and school districts, the state epidemiologist said Thursday. The test positivity rate remains stable and low, at 1% or less...