Louisiana Agriculture Racks Up Damage Costs from Hurricane Ida

Louisiana Agriculture Racks Up Damage Costs from Hurricane Ida

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Hurricane Ida hit the shores of Louisiana nearly a month ago, bringing Category 4 hurricane winds and severe flooding. The storm caused at least $584 million in damage to agriculture in the state, as estimated by experts at the LSU AgCenter. More than 50% of the damage costs were […]

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Ida Impacts Continue from Louisiana to NYC

Ida Impacts Continue from Louisiana to NYC

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Days after Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana, energy company Entergy can’t say when New Orleans residents will get power back. In addition to the direct health harms that can come from losing AC when the heat index is over 100, the lack of power has also made it harder to […]

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Levees Hold as Ida Moves Inland, But Infrastructure Concerns Remain

Levees Hold as Ida Moves Inland, But Infrastructure Concerns Remain

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer As now Tropical Storm Ida moves inland, Louisiana residents are surveying Sunday’s damage. More than one million people are still without power as of Monday afternoon, and 25,000 workers from 32 states have mobilized to provide relief. Officials are celebrating the success of New Orleans’ updated levee system but still lament “catastrophic damage” caused by 150 mph […]

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Hurricane Ida Batters Southeast Louisiana on 16th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Ida Batters Southeast Louisiana on 16th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Yesterday, on the 16th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana as a Category 4 storm. Packing winds of up to 150 mph, Ida touched down early Sunday afternoon, bringing with it shelter in place orders, flash flood warnings, and leaving 750,000 people (and counting) without power. […]

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Tabasco Hot Sauce

Build Up Wetlands, Save The Hot Sauce

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Louisiana loses almost a football field of land each day, caused by a combination of climate change-fueled sea level rise, reduced sediment flow from the Mississippi River, and the land gradually sinking. One area that’s not slipping underwater: Avery Island, the birthplace of Tabasco hot sauce that’s still the […]

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Louisiana Special Election Puts Cancer Alley Front and Center

Louisiana Special Election Puts Cancer Alley Front and Center

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer After former Louisiana Congressman Cedric Richmond was appointed as an adviser to President Biden and the director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, the special election to fill the seat he held for nearly a decade has put heavy emphasis on the issue of environmental justice.  Richmond […]

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