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2009-08-28 14:55:45

Births dropped in the year after Hurricane Katrina in areas of Louisiana and Mississippi that were hit but rose in affected parts of Alabama, researchers say. Births were down 30 percent in the Louisiana region pummeled by the 2005 storm and 13 percent in the affected parts of Mississippi -- an average of 19 percent for the 14 counties in those two states -- but rose 6 percent in selected Alabama counties, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for health Statistics...

2008-09-14 09:00:19

By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN By Michael Kunzelman The Associated Press LAKE CHARLES, La. Southwest Louisiana was spared a direct hit from Hurricane Ike, but a 16-year-old drowned in a storm surge that crawled 30 miles inland, flooding tens of thousands of homes and making many roads impassable. Rescue crews launched about 30 boats Saturday to look for stranded residents in coastal Cameron Parish, a day after 160 people were plucked from the floodwaters near Lake Charles. A nursing home...

2008-09-13 12:00:14

By Michael Kunzelman Associated Press LAKE CHARLES, La. -- Storm surge driven by Hurricane Ike breached levees in coastal Louisiana Friday and flooded hundreds of homes in areas along the Gulf of Mexico still recovering from Gustav. About 1,800 homes and business flooded in coastal Cameron Parish as the storm churned toward expected landfall in Texas, said Gov. Bobby Jindal, and he expected water to eventually inundate all 2,900 homes in the area. Flooded homes were reported in other...

2008-09-04 09:00:03

By Mary Foster and Melinda Deslatte Associated Press NEW ORLEANS -- Thousands of people who fled Hurricane Gustav forced the city to reluctantly open its doors Wednesday, but nearly 1.2 million homes and businesses across Louisiana were still without electricity and officials said it could take as long as a month to fully restore power. As residents came home to New Orleans, President Bush returned to the site of one of the biggest failures of his presidency to show that the government...

2008-09-02 09:00:37

Utility officials say Hurricane Gustav left more than a million people without power Tuesday on the U.S. Gulf Coast. That number was expected to grow as evacuees returned home and reported outages, The Washington Post reported. While the levees of New Orleans remained intact, property damage elsewhere in Louisiana and Mississippi would make power restoration as difficult as it was after Hurricane Katrina three years ago, The Times-Picayne in New Orleans reported. Seven people were...

2008-09-02 09:00:03

From wire reports NEW ORLEANS This nearly deserted city appeared to have escaped threats of full-scale devastation Monday when Hurricane Gustav came ashore 70 miles to the southwest, bearing winds and rain far less formidable than earlier forecast. The storm smashed through the bayou country of rural Louisiana, raising fears of widespread coastal erosion and damage to fishing villages that state officials were unable to confirm Monday evening. But before making landfall, it was...

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2008-08-29 15:40:00

A new report on the deaths from Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana shows that almost half of the nearly 1,000 who died were 75 or older. The majority died on the day of the storm - August 29, 2005 - and drowning was the leading cause of death. More than one-third died in homes. The results present a tragic portrait of elderly residents who may have thought the warnings were a false alarm, who feared that abandoning their homes would lead to looting, or who simply didn't want to leave their...

2008-08-29 09:00:11

By Becky Bohrer Associated Press NEW ORLEANS -- With Gustav approaching hurricane strength and showing no signs of veering off a track to slam into the Gulf Coast, authorities across the region began laying the groundwork Thursday to get the sick, elderly and poor away from the shoreline. The first batch of 700 buses that could ferry residents inland were being sent to a staging area near New Orleans, and officials in Mississippi were trying to decide when to move Katrina-battered...

2008-08-29 06:00:14

By Rick Jervis and Donna Leinwand NEW ORLEANS -- As Gustav threatened to pack a wallop, local leaders and emergency workers unfurled plans and readied evacuation tactics Thursday to avoid a repeat of the deadly mistakes that preceded Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, widely blamed for the ineffective response following Katrina, went over plans to keep communication lines open and set up command centers. City leaders readied police officers and National...

2008-08-29 03:00:24

SERIOUS THREAT On the eve of Hurricane Katrina's third anniversary, a nervous New Orleans watched Wednesday as Tropical Storm Gustav threatened to test everything the city has rebuilt, and officials began preliminary planning to evacuate and lock down the city in hopes of avoiding the catastrophe that followed the 2005 storm. Katrina struck New Orleans on Aug. 29, 2005, and its storm surge blasted through the levees that protect the city. Eighty percent of the city was flooded. \...