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Louisiana Department of Health verifies one additional hurricane-related death, bringing toll to 26

BATON ROUGE — The Louisiana Department of Health on Tuesday verifies one additional death tied to Hurricane Laura, bringing the state’s current death toll to 26.
A 45-year-old male in Calcasieu Parish died of smoke inhalation and thermal burns in a house fire caused by using a candle or lantern for lighting. The coroner has confirmed this death is storm related.

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Maurice loses long time clerk, Judy Broussard

Whether you visited or called Maurice City Hall, chances are the first face you saw or voice you heard was Judy Broussard’s.
She served as a friendly welcome. It is that friendliness that resonated with everyone who knew Broussard.
Family and friends are now mourning her loss, as Broussard, 69, passed away Sunday due to complications from COVID-19.
Her daughter, Vermilion Parish Registrar of Voters Tina Marie Broussard, said her mother impacted so many people.

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This barge was sunk in Bayou Chene during the 2016 high-water event, the third of four times the technique was used to prevent back-flooding in St. Mary, Lower St. Martin and surrounding parishes. Construction officially began Monday on an $80 million permanent structure that will eliminate the need for sinking barges in the bayou.
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Construction is now underway on components of a permanent floodgate on Bayou Chene below Morgan City that will provide flood protection for portions of six parishes," the Governor's Office said Monday.
The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority and St. Mary Parish Levee District are overseeing construction of the automated barge floodgate. CPRA is directing $80 million from the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act to fund the project.

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Louisiana rental assistance program paused due to overwhelming demand

BATON ROUGE – A Louisiana program to pay rent for people facing economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and response has been put on hold because of overwhelming demand, Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office says.
State officials say they are still taking applications for the program in anticipation of receiving additional funding from the federal government. They say more than 40,000 people have applied.



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