Ten years ago Saturday, one-point-five million Louisiana utility customers were without power as a result of Hurricane Gustav. Jeff Palermo has the story…
A St. James Parish employee is facing two felony charges after allegedly shooting a dog that walked onto his property while children watched as they waited on their school bus, then throwing that dog into a canal. Kevin Barnhart has the story.
Houma, Baton Rouge and even central Louisiana received extensive wind damage. The recovery was slow at first because of the lack of power and Holeman remembers frustration levels were high
Holeman says utility crew workers from 26 states and Canada came into Louisiana to help restore power lines destroyed by Gustav’s fierce winds
48 deaths in Louisiana were blamed on Gustav. Several people died as a result of trees falling on their homes.
The St. James Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a parish employee on felony charges of aggravated cruelty to animals and illegal use of a weapon. 54 year old Brian Lambert allegedly committed the crime in front of several school children waiting at a bus stop. Director of the Humane Society of Louisiana Jeff Dorson says the dog, a Russell Terrier/ Shih Tzu mix named Rocky, wandered onto the Lambert’s property.
Dorson says unless livestock is being harmed, it’s unlawful to kill a pet for going onto private property.
Dorson says acts like shooting and killing pets in front of school children can have long lasting effects.
Get ready for monsoon season in Louisiana, because the next week is going to be one long rain storm if current models are correct about a tropical wave that’s set to enter the gulf. The wave, just off Hispaniola, is projected to impact the area early next week. National Weather Service Slidell Meteorologist Frank Rivett says it’ll be a lot of rain, but not much more than that.
Rivett says the extended period of rain could lead to some flood prone areas getting hit.
And before that tropical wave washes over the state…
The Ragin’ Cajuns are upping their sustainability game on game days. UL Lafayette has removed all of the trash bins at Cajun Field, and replaced them with options for either organic composting, or bins for recycling to address the environmental impact of the over ten tons of trash produced at games. Office of Sustainability Director Gretchen Vanicor says it’s taken a lot of coordination to pull off.
She estimates the work will generate about 20 cubic yards of compost.
And anyone familiar with composting knows… it stinks, but Vanicor says that’s been taken into account and the actual composting work will be done far away from discerning noses.
Its part of the school’s ongoing sustainability efforts that started in 2014 when the Cajuns set a target of zero waste at all school events. Vanicor says the program’s popularity became obvious when the volunteers began to flood in after it was announced.
The new composting efforts will be in effect for the season opener tomorrow against Grambling. The game kicks off at 6PM.