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PRESS RELEASES | Saturday, September 13, 2008

LDWF Continues Efforts in Search and Recovery Operations
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) resumed search and rescue (SAR) operations on Saturday, September 13. As of 6:30 p.m. today, the SAR team had rescued 118 people in Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson, and Vermilion parishes. Fourteen airboats remained on standby at the forward command post in Jennings.

Department of Social Services News Update
Department of Social Services Announces 23 Sites Available To Receive Emergency Food Stamp Applications On Sunday, Sept. 14
On Sunday September 14th the Department of Social Services (DSS) will have 23 sites in operation where eligible Louisiana residents affected by Hurricane Gustav can apply for the Federal Disaster Food Stamp program.

President Declares Major Disaster for Louisiana
The head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced that federal disaster aid has been made available for the state of Louisiana to help people and communities recover from the area affected by Hurricane Ike beginning on September 11, 2008, and continuing.

Calcasieu Update
The Parish-Wide curfew remains in effect at this time.  Law enforcement personnel will enforce a zero-tolerance policy for pedestrians after 8pm. Enforcement of the curfew during daylight hours will focus on sight-seers and others without legitimate business.  Churchgoers will be allowed to attend services.

Department of Social Services News Update
Hurricane Ike: DSS Provides Comprehensive Response
As part of its comprehensive response to hurricanes Gustav and Ike, the Department of Social Services has provided life-saving services to hundreds of thousands of Louisiana citizens and distributed millions of dollars in recovery benefits.

Higher Education News Update
McNeese State University Classes Closed Monday Due To Hurricane Ike
Classes at McNeese State University are canceled for Monday, Sept. 15, and all offices will be closed due to the effects of Hurricane Ike. Essential employees should return to work as soon as directed by their supervisor, dean, or director.

Department of Agriculture and Forestry News Update
LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain Begins Damage Assessments
Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said LDAF officials made early assessments on Saturday of agricultural storm surge damage caused by Hurricane Ike along Louisiana's coastal areas.

Department of Social Services News Update
Department of Social Services Reminds Regular Food Stamp Recipients not to Apply for Disaster Benefits
More than 150,000 Louisiana residents have received help in the form of Disaster Food Stamp benefits in the past week and more than $33,400,000 has been uploaded to Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards. It takes between 48 and 72 hours for benefits to be uploaded EBT cards, and the program has a strict income eligibility limit.

Residents Urged to Use Caution when Operating Generators
Every year, people die because of deadly exhaust fumes from generators that seep into homes.  It only takes a small opening for enough carbon monoxide to enter a home, killing or injuring residents. That’s why the Department of Health and Hospitals is cautioning residents who may be using generators due to power outages caused by Hurricane Ike to be mindful of the dangerous health risks that may result if not used properly.

Department of Health and Hospitals News Update
Residents Urged to Practice Chainsaw Safety
One of the first chores most people pick immediately after a storm is the clearing of tree limbs by using chainsaws. Residents who suffered downed trees and branches as a result of Hurricane Ike will be busy over the next few days clearing the debris using this method, which is often a source of many post-storm injuries.

Lafourche Parish Curfew Lifted, Curfew to Remain in Effect for the Town of Golden Meadow
Golden Meadow Mayor Joey Bouziga announced today that the 10:00 P.M. to 6:00 A.M. curfew will remain in effect for the Town of Golden Meadow until further notice. This is due to the widespread power outages still remaining in the town.

Calcasieu Update
The Parish-Wide curfew remains in effect at this time.  Wide-spread power outages have been reported in many areas of Southwest Louisiana, along with damage to homes and businesses from the effects related to Hurricane Ike.

Governor Jindal Update on State Response Efforts for Hurricane Ike
Today, Governor Bobby Jindal gave an update on state response efforts surrounding the impact of Hurricane Ike in Southwest Louisiana.

Governor Jindal Issues Oversize Vehicle, Truck, and Load Guidelines
Governor Bobby Jindal issued an executive order allowing trucks and oversized vehicles to carry large loads with private escorts, and not just state police units, which are still largely focused on hurricane response and recovery operations.

Department of Health and Hospitals News Update
Louisiana Chief Medical Officer Continues to Update Number of Gustav Fatalities
Louisiana Chief Medical Officer Louis Cataldie, M.D., releases memo regarding fatalities related to Hurricane Gustav.

Department of Health and Hospitals News Update
Health Department Warns of Flooding Dangers
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals advises people to avoid contact with floodwaters following Hurricane Ike. Residents of areas affected by Ike are advised to keep these tips in mind if flooding has occurred in their area.

Governor Jindal Extends Recovery Orders
Governor Bobby Jindal issued an executive order extending executive orders issued for Hurricane Gustav for Hurricane Ike.

UNIFIED Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration / Louisiana National Guard / USArmy Corps of Engineers
Coastal Flooding Update
National Guard and the Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries is moving search and rescue assets boats to Hackberry in Cameron Parish. Guardsmen and agents launched at noon and will attempt to rescue seven civilians in Calcasieu Parish within the subdivision locally known as Choupique Bayou in vicinity of La Hwy 27 and La. Hwy 108, near the town of Carlyss, LA.

Department of Wildlife and Fisheries News Update
LDWF and LSP Join Forces in Search and Rescue
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Louisiana State Police (LSP) joined forces Saturday morning with search and rescue (SAR) efforts in southwest Louisiana. LSP dispatched 10 troopers this morning from Troop D in Lake Charles to assist LDWF enforcement agents with water rescues.

Department of Social Services News Update
Four Additional Parishes Declared Eligible for Disaster Food Stamp Program
More than 150,000 Louisiana residents have received much needed economic relief in the form of federal disaster-related food stamps this week, and now thousands more may find themselves eligible as four new parishes meet DFSP guidelines to receive aid. Grant, LaSalle, Catahoula and St. Helena parishes all meet mandated guidelines allowing residents of those areas to begin applying for assistance.

Search and Rescue Operations Underway in Louisiana -- 9 A.M.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) began search and rescue (SAR) operations Friday, Sept. 12.  Total rescues for Sept. 12 were 173 from St. Tammany Parish to lower Terrebonne Parish.  SAR teams deployed again this morning at 6:00 a.m. from a Forward Command Post established at Jennings and in the Houma area. Teams responded with 29 boats to Hackberry and Big Lake Island.

Updated Road Closures

Parish Updates


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