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Life after Laura: Recovery stalls for Sulphur woman

Jan. 16, 2021 12:01 AM EST

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Robin Baudoin’s home in Sulphur looks today just like it did the day after Hurricane Laura hit Southwest Louisiana with its catastrophic damage over four months ago. Its roof is completely gone and nearly all of her belonging are in shambles. “The house is just wide...

FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2020, file photo, buildings and homes are flooded in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura near Lake Charles, La. One Lake Charles woman credits the power of social media in getting one step closer to having her hurricane-damaged home repaired after weeks of roadblocks with her insurance claim. Less than a week after the videos were posted on the social media app TikTok, Tara Parks said the adjusting firm called her Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, asking what could be done to make her home livable again. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

TikTok video helps Louisiana woman with storm claims

Jan. 9, 2021 12:01 AM EST

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — One Lake Charles woman credits the power of social media in getting one step closer to having her hurricane-damaged home repaired after weeks of roadblocks with her insurance claim. Tara Parks recently posted several videos on the social media app TikTok. She told more than 80,000...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Jan. 6, 2021 6:46 PM EST

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: ___ Jan. 2 The Advocate on lessons learned in 2020 to bring into 2021: There are lots of ways to characterize 2020, many of them not suitable for a family newspaper. Here’s one description that is: It was a learning experience. The coronavirus pandemic’s...

Katelyn Smith watches after her one-year old son Ricky Trahan III, amidst the rubble of the family's destroyed home in Lake Charles, La., Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. They were hit by Hurricanes Laura and Delta. Her future in-laws are living in a tent on the property, while she, her child and her fiancé Ricky Trahan, Jr., are living in a loaned camper. A relatives home on the same property is now gutted and they are living in a camper as well. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

AP PHOTOS: Louisiana residents struggle months after storms

Dec. 30, 2020 11:35 AM EST

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Well after Hurricanes Laura and Delta ravaged southwest Louisiana, the state and its people are still far from recovered, with many living in tents and cooking their meals over open fires while they slowly work to rebuild their destroyed homes. Ricky and Cristin Trahan are among...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Dec. 30, 2020 10:20 AM EST

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: ___ Dec. 29 The Advocate on individual actions in the fight against the coronavirus: As usual, there’s a lot of attention to the details of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ restrictions on particular businesses in the coming weeks. That is more than understandable,...

Emily and Taylor Pascale exchange their wedding vows outside the home of Taylor's parents, Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, in Grand Lake, La., which was heavily damaged from Hurricanes Laura and Delta. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Hurricanes, virus can't stop Louisiana couple's wedding

Dec. 29, 2020 12:23 PM EST

GRAND LAKE La. (AP) — Most couples might have wondered whether the forces of nature were against them after moving their wedding three times because of the pandemic and two hurricanes that hit almost the exact same spot within weeks of one another. But Emily Kitfield and Taylor Pascale were even more...

FILE - In this April 22, 2020, file photo, pallbearers, who were among only 10 allowed mourners, walk the casket for internment at the funeral for Larry Hammond, who died from the coronavirus, at Mount Olivet Cemetery in New Orleans. Hammond was Mardi Gras royalty, and would have had hundreds of people marching behind his casket in second-line parades. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Pandemic, hurricanes top Louisiana news for 2020

Dec. 28, 2020 6:54 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana, like the rest of the country, was hit hard in 2020 by the COVID-19 pandemic. It also was pummeled by hurricane after hurricane and faced a variety of accusations of racial injustice. The year’s top stories: COVID-19 The new coronavirus infected more than one in 20...

FILE- In this May 7, 2020 file photo, the Arber Bar and Cafe in Hartford, Conn., is closed during the coronavirus pandemic. In Connecticut, the coronavirus has killed over 5,000 people and shaken the state economy, costing thousands of jobs and leaving many people in financially precarious situations. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Coronavirus, Isaias among top Connecticut stories in 2020

Dec. 25, 2020 12:37 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The story of the coronavirus in Connecticut began in early March with the state's first reported infection — a New York woman who worked at Danbury and Norwalk hospitals and tested positive. In the months since, the virus has killed over 5,700 people statewide and shaken the...

Katelyn Smith stands with her one year old son Ricky Trahan, III, as she prepares to change his clothes, as their family lives in a camper and tents where their home was destroyed, in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta, in Lake Charles, La., Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

2 months after hurricanes, Louisiana residents still hurting

Dec. 24, 2020 10:13 AM EST

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — As southwest Louisiana recovers from the back-to-back hurricanes that hammered the region this year, signs of progress compete with lingering evidence of mass destruction. The fallen trees that carpeted neighborhoods have mostly been chopped up and hauled away, but the roofs they...

Flooding surrounds damaged homes Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, in Cameron, La., after Hurricane Laura moved through the area Thursday. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Lawmakers: Insurance disputes slow Louisiana storm recovery

Dec. 16, 2020 4:27 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Southwest Louisiana lawmakers Wednesday criticized the insurance industry's handling of claims from Hurricanes Laura and Delta, describing slow responses, low-balled damage estimates and drones used to assess destruction instead of people. “We’re almost four months ago...