Latest Lake Pontchartrain News

Questions amid Ida's destruction: Stay? Move? How far?

Oct. 05, 2021 01:07 AM EDT

DULAC, La. (AP) — Coy Verdin grew up 100 feet (30 meters) or so from the slow-moving waters of Bayou Grand Caillou, and a few miles north of Louisiana's marshy coast. His parents still live in the firmly anchored, elevated mobile home that overlooks the sprawling oaks...

New Orleans levees pass Ida's test while some suburbs flood

Aug. 30, 2021 18:22 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The levees, floodwalls and floodgates that protect New Orleans held up against Hurricane Ida's fury, passing their toughest test since the federal government spent billions of dollars to upgrade a system that catastrophically failed when Hurricane Katrina struck 16 years...

Hurricane Ida lashes Louisiana, knocks out New Orleans power

Aug. 30, 2021 00:11 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hurricane Ida blasted ashore Sunday as one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the U.S., knocking out power to all of New Orleans, blowing roofs off buildings and reversing the flow of the Mississippi River as it rushed from the Louisiana coast into one of the...

EXPLAINER: Ida similar to Katrina, but stronger, smaller

Aug. 29, 2021 18:54 PM EDT

Hurricane Ida is looking eerily like a dangerous and perhaps scarier sequel to 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, the costliest storm in American history. But there's a few still-to-come twists that could make Ida nastier in some ways, but not quite as horrific in others. “The...

EXPLAINER: Is New Orleans protected from a hurricane?

Aug. 28, 2021 01:07 AM EDT

New Orleans finds itself in the path of Hurricane Ida 16 years to the day after floodwalls collapsed and levees were overtopped by a storm surge driven by Hurricane Katrina. That flooding killed more than 1,000 people and caused billions in damage. But Ida arrives at the doorstep of a region...

Ground broken for $760M River Parishes levee project

Jul. 31, 2021 11:18 AM EDT

RESERVE, La. (AP) — Work has formally begun in Louisiana on a $760 million, three-parish levee project that was first proposed a half-century ago. State officials said 17.5 miles of levee and a mile of T-wall will protect 60,000 residents of St. Charles, St. John the...

Mississippi Lt Gov: Corps ignored spillway operating manual

Jul. 20, 2021 19:15 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers ignored its own operating manual when it twice opened a Mississippi River spillway in 2019, causing an environmental and economic disaster in Mississippi and Louisiana, Mississippi Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann said Tuesday. He...